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Blink & Caution

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  1,798 Ratings  ·  344 Reviews
Two street kids get tangled in a plot over their heads—and risk an unexpected connection—in this heart-pounding thriller by Tim Wynne-Jones.

Boy, did Blink get off on the wrong floor. All he wanted was to steal some breakfast for his empty belly, but instead he stumbled upon a fake kidnapping and a cell phone dropped by an "abducted" CEO, giving Blink a link to his perfect
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Candlewick Press (first published March 8th 2011)
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Reynaldo Franco
Blink and Caution (not the characters real names), although a bit confusing at times, was an overall an okay read. At first, I did not really get interested in the storyline and how the book was written, but the more I read the more interesting it got. Even though I am not a fan of there being second person in books, this text pulls it off well. You really feel like you are in the shoes of Blink and experiencing what he is going through with the inclusion of second person style.

Both Blink and C
Blink! You left home to escape your stepfather and now you are involved in finding a kidnapped executive who might end up getting you killed. Caution betrays the dangerous drug-dealing boyfriend that exposes her to the seedy underbelly of crime in Toronto and now she has cons you! Between your panic, her secrets and the dangerous favor you've promised to the daughter of the kidnapped VIP and CEO, how can you survive?
Wynne-Jones creates a taut, realistic noir novel with adolescent protagonists Bl
Mar 08, 2011 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: age-ya, arcs, 2011
I received this ARC from the publisher.

Blink is a kid living on the streets who happens to be in a hotel when some mysterious stuff goes down: several men leave a hotel room, and later footage appears where one of the men, the CEO of a large company, is being "kidnapped." Blink steals a phone left in the hotel room and contacts the man's daughter, who doesn't know anything different from the news reports. Blink and the daughter, Alyson, make plans to meet. Caution, a girl running from her abusiv
Dec 07, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Those of you who follow me know that I rarely write reviews (I have my reasons). Felt I had to for this one. Aside from a well-written, riveting storyline, this book also has something completely unexpected, something I usually steer clear of, and I may have blipped right past this gem had someone not recommended it to me. This is a dual-POV story of two teens living on the streets of Toronto. They do not meet until almost halfway through the story, but you can see them intertwined despite this. ...more
Katie Young
Katie Young
Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Blink and Caution are two teens driven to the streets for different reasons. Blink left home because of constant mental and physical abuse from his stepdaddy. Caution left home for the streets because she felt it was the life she deserved after what she did to her brother. Their separate lives on the streets eventually cross paths and together they make it off the streets and become whole again.

This book has two parts. Part one tells the individual stori
Dec 12, 2011 Marilyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 16 and up
At first I thought this was going to be another young adult dystopian fantasy, I guess because of the title and the cover. I'm happy to report it's not at all what I expected. What an amazingly satisfying realistic read! I fell hook, line and sinker for both characters, Blink and Kitty (Caution), and the storyline propelled me through the pages with its taut plotting. Blink's second person narrative worked, bringing me into his life and thoughts with an intimate immediacy. Wynne-Jones is a write ...more
Mar 12, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel started out as the distasteful variety which shows the dark underbelly of street-kid life, with gritty sexual and drug abuse, helplessness and hopelessness and plenty of reasons I might like to give up reading about. But I liked the way Wynne-Jones talked about the destiny of the meeting of these two characters, and I found that their tough exteriors and hurt hearts were endearing them to me and causing me to read on, despite my misgivings. And of course, this is a wonderful storytell ...more
May 17, 2011 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
5/16/11 ** You know that the characters in a book are well-crafted when they wake you up in the middle of the night and won't let you go back to sleep because you want so badly to find out what's going on with them. Have you ever found yourself writing the the book into the future, that part you haven't read yet, as you try to figure out what's going to happen next?

Wynne-Jones has carefully crafted a dual perspective book - in the first half alternating chapters follow Blink and Caution (as in C
Nov 18, 2011 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-fiction
At first the writing (2nd person narrative) was a bit jarring and I had to focus on the story. Blink did not appeal immediately and I wasn't really into the story. Then Caution was introduced and I was absorbed into the tale and began to enjoy myself.

The tale of two street youth, Blink and Caution, both on the streets for different reasons and then thrown together because of a series of a mystery that Blink (street name because he blinks so much)is trying to solve. While stealing food in a hote
Ms. Z
Jan 22, 2012 Ms. Z rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable, intriguing story. It reminded me a little bit of Paper Towns by John Green. Both characters were likeable, and the story unfolded in alternating points of view. Blink's voice was in second person, which was unique. Caution's voice was in third person. It took quite awhile for the two characters to meet, but once they did, they became a team with each one's strengths complimenting the other one. The basic premise of the story is that Blink witnesses a businessman leaving a ...more
Jul 01, 2013 Lilly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 15, 2012 Ken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, finished-in-2012
I considered giving BLINK & CAUTION three stars, then blinked. I thought a lot of the writing was five star, but grew cautious. Like the double-billed title, I'm of two minds. First, you should know that this tale of two street kids, one boy and one girl, in Toronto, is nicely written, especially for the YA genre. The characterization is solid, too. You feel as if you know both characters well -- especially Caution (real name: Kitty), who's a hard luck girl capable of playing hardball with t ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

BLINK & CAUTION is the tale of two streets kids. Brent (Blink) and Kitty (Caution) both have back stories that have them on the run. When their paths cross, they work together to overcome the odds against them.

Blink was simply looking for a free breakfast when he took the elevator to the sixteenth floor of the hotel. It looked like there would be easy pickings from the half-eaten remains left on trays set outside the rooms. When
Oct 16, 2011 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who appreciate gritty, YA urban adventure stories
This was my first Tim Wynne-Jones book and I would never have picked it up if I hadn’t heard him speak at the Boston Globe Horn Book awards. What a charming, bearded man! And what an interesting book!

Some friends whose opinions I trust had a very difficult time getting into the story, but “Not I” said the cat. (That’s from The Little Red Hen. Duh.) From the very first chapter, I was fascinated with the characters’ voices. The second person narrative on the part of Blink was tedious at times, but
The book Blink and Caution written by Wynne-Jones had a very complicated storyline. The story was lead by the two main characters Blink and Caution. The book went by very slow, and it took a while to get to the climax. Also, the book took place in second person which got annoying and confusing at times.
The book starts out with Blink being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Blink is homeless and starving. So he went into a hotel hoping to find leftover food that hasn't yet been picked up outs
Rebecca Birkin
Aug 16, 2013 Rebecca Birkin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tim Wynne-Jones taught at the WIFYR conference in 2012, and his class on dialogue was so inspirational that I had to put his book on my to-read list.

This book is unique and very well done. It switches between Blink and Caution, street names for the two main characters. Caution is written in third person limited, but Blink is written second person. And it not only works, but works amazingly well. I think it may have been something like the way Blink thinks his Granda would speak to him [I won't s
I snapped this ARC up at work last week as I've only just discovered this very talented author. I was eager to read more by Wynne-Jones and I was not disappointed with his latest.

Once again I was hooked from the first. The opening action for each of the two main characters immediately drops you into their desperate worlds and gains your sympathy for any of the 'dirty dealing' they must indulge in as the story progresses. I particularly liked the author's use of 2nd person narrative for Blink's
Feb 21, 2016 Jasbr rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jugend
Dieses Buch wurde mir von der Bibliothekarin meines Vertrauens empfohlen. Als ich das Buch begonnen habe, war ich deswegen ziemlich verwirrt. Denn es war nicht gut: Die ersten 100 Seiten konnten mich weder fesseln, noch kam ich in die Geschichte hinein und auch der Schreibstil war eher gewöhnungsbedürftig. Kurz gesagt: Hätte sie es nicht empfohlen, hätte ich es abgebrochen. So habe ich dem Buch aber eine Chance gegeben und es war nicht am Ende dann doch ganz gut.
Erzählt wird die Geschichte abwec
Anson Briegel
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Dec 09, 2015 Cammie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Tim Wynne Jones visited our college campus, I could not believe what a cute little garden gnome of a man he turned out to be, because Blink and Caution is a fast-paced ride from start to finish. Blink and Caution are respectively a street boy and girl, neither of whom are actually homeless but both have gotten mixed up in some bad things in the truest sense of the word. Having finally run away from her abusive, pot-dealing “boyfriend,” Caution is also running from her family
Leo Steffl
A astonishing book about the adventures of 2 criminals on the run from drug lords and cops in Toronto Canada. As the story goes along Blink makes the stupid decision of going into a crime scene and smudges his filthy fingerprints and getting the cops on his back and at the same time Caution is stealing money from the worst drug lord in Toronto now how stupid is that. All that both of them want is freedom Caution from her past life and Blink from the street. So then Blink goes on a dangerous road ...more
Kayli Jorgensen
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When an author focuses on two teenaged street kids as the protagonists for his story, you have to be concerned. Generally, things don't end well. Blink and Caution are smart and canny, although their instincts aren't always very good. So Blink is searching a very nice hotel for breakfast, and he is accidentally witness to a disturbing scene. Just how disturbing he has to work out, watching and reading the news, piecing together clues to find out what happened, and whether there might be somethin ...more
PEI Public Library Service
This fast paced mystery by Tim Wynne-Jones is written in two parts. In the first part of the book, the author rotates the chapters between the two main characters, Blink and Caution. Blink is a homeless teen who is living on the streets of downtown Toronto. One morning, Blink enters a hotel to steal some breakfast from the left-behind room service carts and becomes a witness to a staged kidnapping of an important CEO. After the kidnappers leave, Blink enters the room to take a closer look and he ...more
Sep 29, 2016 Juan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book i’m reporting is Blink & Caution, written Tim Wynne-Jones. This book is 342 pages and it’s publisher is from Candlewick Press. The reason i chose to read this book because it is about a mystery and also I really judge a good or bad book by its cover so that’s also a main reason i chose this book. This book was not a best seller but won A Boston Globe- Horn Book Award Winner and became known as An American library Association best Fiction For Young Adults Nominee.
The main character
Sarah Insomnia
Jul 11, 2014 Sarah Insomnia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(NOTE: This review is an excerpt from a graduate level research paper. The rating (stars) and the critical review are mutually exclusive; the former simply pertains to my subjective partiality to the story)

Tim Wynne-Jones, in his novel Blink and Caution (2011), illustrates the trials of prematurely leaving childhood behind. Blink (Brent Conroy) lives on the street by choice, driven away by the abusive nature of his stepfather, and Caution (Kitty Pettigrew), choking on the guilt of her involvemen
Nathan K.
Apr 07, 2015 Nathan K. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I found it interesting that Tim Wynne-Jones would put this kind of aspect on a book. It was kind of cool to see two different, yet similar, stories be told from different points of view. I would for sure say that that was one of the key hooks for me in this book. Blink's story told from the second person point of view, and Cautions told from the third person point of view. It was a unique way to tell the two stories, and I liked that. I gave this book a five star rati ...more
Nov 03, 2015 Isaac rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personal Responce
I really liked this book because it talks about how things arent always peachy for everyone. I really in joyed the part when blink and caution met. They were both running away or to something. I also in joyed the mysteria in it.
Plot summary
In the beginning of the book Blink is talking about how he lifts things from rich kids or adult. Then he talks about how he goes into hotels and finds food left in front of the hotel room. How he eats it to have a nice meal. Then he sees some
May 14, 2011 Polly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fine book from Tim W-J, but oh lord does it ever make me homesick. I know virtually all the places in this book, and especially the parts of Toronto, so well. And I miss them. Even Sharbot Lake and Mountain Grove, which, prior to moving to another country, I had virtually no positive feelings about. Although Sharbot Lake (the lake, not the town) used to be nice to swim in.
Jul 04, 2011 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 14-16, mystery, homeless
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Tim Wynne-Jones (born 12 August 1948) is an English–Canadian author of children's literature, including picture books and novels for children and young adults, novels for adults, radio dramas, songs for the CBC/Jim Henson production Fraggle Rock, as well as a children's musical and an opera libretto.

Arthur Ellis Award
Best Juvenile (2001): The Boy in the Burning House
Edgar Award
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