It's the holidays and both introverted Dash and Lily will be entertaining themselves whilst their families are away. Lily leaves a notebook with clues...moreIt's the holidays and both introverted Dash and Lily will be entertaining themselves whilst their families are away. Lily leaves a notebook with clues to solve in a local book shop. Dash happens to find it and decides to solve the clues. Over the Christmas week a friendship forms within it's pages until... They eventually meet and a lost boot is returned.
This book feels like a secret, a special thing, a treasure. I'm torn between screaming at everyone to read it and wanting to keep it hidden so it remains special. To be honest I don't read much Young Adult romance, contemporary or other wise it just bores me but this was cutesy and innocent. The friendship was the big deal not a generic overdone angsty love triangle.
The characters were engaging and witty, although Dash's arrogance did irk me every now and then but overall I liked him and Lily is basically me, kinda spooky relatables. The premise really hooked me and thankfully unlike most promising plots this one actually delivers and doesn't get sidetracked which I really appreciated. I started to question the fact they had such intense feelings for each other so quickly but once I let that thought go I could get on with enjoying a sweet story. The writing and pace worked seamlessly so smooth and effortless. It didn't really drag or dull at any point and if I didn't know it was co-authored beforehand I wouldn't have guessed it. I got to geek out and look up new words too which I know isn't everyones cup of tea but it's mine for sure and I pretty much highlighted the entire book.
"Family, like arsenic works best in small doses..." "but their questions usually run along the lines of 'Why won't you love me?' And 'Why can't I die by your side?' I'm more along the lines of 'What can you tell me about this boot?".
I'm looking forward to reading Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and any other books written by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. (less)
Words are just words until they become actions. Two teens go from writing a list of school kids they hate to shooting them down, only one of them clai...moreWords are just words until they become actions. Two teens go from writing a list of school kids they hate to shooting them down, only one of them claims they didn't realize that that was the plan. Who would you believe?
I knew this was going to be a difficult read going into it because of the subject matter and yes it did get to me but for some reason the sadness of the situation was eclipsed by an intense frustration and anger directed towards the protagonists parents. I know it's a work of fiction but it still got my blood boiling. I sympathized with Valerie even though she could have been omitting certain truths to get just that reaction. I could see the reasons she did things and the intense need she had for Nick because her parents were neglectful and utter morons, especially her dad.
I can't articulate how I really feel about this book it's not the kind of book you like or don't like, it is the kind to leave you thinking. I just felt strongly for the characters and I had to see it through till the end for Valerie's sake otherwise I wouldn't have carried on with it. (less)
Trapped is a contemporary young adult standalone novel told in a refreshing male protagonist voice. Seven teenagers, freshman and sophomores, are left...moreTrapped is a contemporary young adult standalone novel told in a refreshing male protagonist voice. Seven teenagers, freshman and sophomores, are left behind in their middle of nowhere New England highschool during the freakest blizzard on record; and no one knows that they didn't get picked up. It's a short, packed and well paced read at under four hundred pages and takes place over a four day period. I thoroughly enjoyed it but I would stress that it's one of those stories you have to be in the mood for or it may disappoint you as a something and nothing type read. If this had been hyped up as much as Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell has been as of late, which I read and thought was merely ok but nothing amazing, I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it as much as I did but as I had no set expectations of awesomeness I was pleasantly surprised. If you want over the top dramatic action, cringe factor teen romance and happy endings this is not for you. I appreciated the reality, the fragility, and the honesty of these characters journeys. It's not about relating to characters or high school cliques. It's about people, choices and the aftermath of uncontrollable events.
Personally I would have preferred this to have been a longer book and encompassed chapters from the other characters, survivors or not, especially Elijah whom out of all the group was the most purposely under developed and tantalisingly fascinating because of his mysteriousness. I was left hanging at the end wanting to know if by Murphy's Law the roof caved in before help arrived and being thankful that for once the ending is open to interpretation as a gift to the reader to decide. It is not a Looking For Alaska or a To Kill A Mockingbird (two of my all time fav books) as it shouldn't be but I liked it, would reread it and recommend it just the same. (less)