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Blink and Caution

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  1,596 ratings  ·  312 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
Hardcover, 345 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Candlewick Press
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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
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
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
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 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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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 3 of 5 stars
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
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
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
Sarah Gruffydd
(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.
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
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.
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Heather Perkinson
This has got everything a book should have--suspense and a mystery, romance, great characters who are a more than a little quirky, and it reads like a thriller movie. The two main characters are outsiders, both runaways living in the city of Toronto, when they stumble upon a mystery and each other. Read this if you like mystery thrillers.
I thought the book was pretty good. It was very interesting and really pulls you in. The way Blink and Caution (which we later find their real names) lives go on until they meet. How Caution running away from a freak accident and a drug dealer named Merlin. Blink ran away from home and lives on the streets when he sneaks into a hotel snd steals breakfast. He goes into a room and just happens to get involued in a supposed kidnapping. When Blink and Caution first meet it pretty interesting. Then a ...more
At first I wasn't sure of this book - wasn't sure that it was written for young adults at all. But the story soon carried me along and I think that it suits the older teen market. Well crafted characters and story - this is an unputdownable read. Worth having on your shelves.
DNF - I made it about 70 pages. The book is written from two perspectives: Caution's part in the tale is written in the 3rd person. Blink's is written in the 2nd person. Turns out I super hate reading something written in the 2nd bothered me enough that I didn't want to continue. This is likely a good story which is why I didn't put my rating in of it - I don't want to lower the rating b/c I hate 2nd person story-telling.
Also, when a book bounces between two different characters, I
Julia Doskoch
BLINK AND CAUTION, by Tim Wynne-Jones, is about two teenagers: a boy named Blink and a girl named Caution, neither of whom use their real names. Blink's real name is Brent, and Caution's real name is Kitty; they renamed themselves the way they saw fitting. Caution lives with a drug dealer, who treats her very badly and she ends up running away from him. She then runs into Blink, who is also on the run after finding himself at the place of a crime scene which he was not involved in, but his finge ...more
This book reads like an adult fiction book. It is has interesting narration as a street kid happens to be at wrong place at the wrong time or is he? His serendipitous moments leads him on a thrilling adventure that leads him to finding someone who understands him. Their chance meeting becomes a catalyst for intense changes in the characters' lives and destinies. Jones urban tale that takes place in Canada is based on a real event that happened in his life. The reader is taken on an exciting jour ...more
Edward Sullivan
A taut, suspenseful story.
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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.

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