I have to admit that by the time that STITCH made its way to the top of my TBR pile I was kind of like "umm...what was this about?" But itMy thoughts?
I have to admit that by the time that STITCH made its way to the top of my TBR pile I was kind of like "umm...what was this about?" But it was late at night and the computer was already shut down so I started reading and I'll just say this, that night, I really didn't make it too far.
The early pages of STITCH left me a bit less than excited. Luckily, I had already finished one book that night so I decided to forgo reading for the rest of the night. The next day at work I decided to dig back through my email to the original synop to give myself a bit of a refresher on what made me pick the STITCH tour. After re-reading the synop, it all came flooding back to me. By time I got home from work and curled up with my Nook, I was a goner and read clear through to the end of the book!
Ok, yes, it wasn't looking very good in the beginning. Why? Well, frankly, it was slow. I was having a really hard time connecting with Alessa and I just couldn't understand where the story was going. Then...
HOLY EPIC-PLOT-TWISTING-GREATNESS BATMAN
Yes, Samantha Durante, within her debut novel managed to make my head spin!
Things really took off about a third of the way through and I found myself having that disconnect from the world that I love when I get into a good book. I also grabbed on to a connection with Alessa (and the other characters) and I was totally loving the story.
STITCH is a genre bending mixture of New Adult, Romance, Mystery, Thriller, Dystopian with a light dash of Paranormal. Oh and Samantha Durante also managed to do genre bending right. The mixture was smooth, transitioning you from one aspect to the next with fluid writing and...yea...those epic plot twists!
Which I will tell you nothing about. NOTHING! The twists and turns are something that can only be experienced while reading so you will have to go experience it yourself. (Oh, at the end of this post Samantha has been nice enough to let me giveaway a copy so you can enter, win and see what I'm talking about!)
There is also something else that was pretty surprising within this debut novel...
POV changes (Did you cringe? I did just typing it! YUCK!)
...WAIT! There were POV changes that I somehow...wait for it...didn't even notice. Ok ok, so I noticed them, yes but, it didn't awake the inner reading snob that becomes a full-fledged raging bitch when POVs start. I was actually probably 3-4 changes in once I was like, Wait a minute, have these been there the whole time?!?! Why yes Kimberly, they had, they were just so wonderfully mixed and blended that you didn't have to go through the re-buildup with each change.
Me not noticing POV changes = MIND-BLOWN
Score: Samantha 3
Kimberly 0(I will, with great humility, let Samantha take the win on this one.)
Samantha Durante's debut novel STITCH, manages to take four of the major turn offs for avid readers and smoke them off the bookshelf.
↓ Slow start ↓ ↓ Early disconnect from characters ↓ ↓ Genre bending ↓ ↓ POV changes ↓
Samantha ends up delivering an exciting, edge-of-your-seat read that will keep you guessing clear through to the end. And you will never guess this one people. Go ahead, read it and you can see for yourself that she manages to outsmart us all!...more
David Levithan is officially a genius to me. While I have heard a number of times that his writing is beyond fantastic, I had failed unt
David Levithan is officially a genius to me. While I have heard a number of times that his writing is beyond fantastic, I had failed until this point to read any of his work. I can tell you know I will, without a doubt, be purchasing as many as I can squeeze in my schedule.
I’m a mood based reader, such as I’m sure many of you are too but, I have to be into something for me to dive into it to the fullest. I tried a number of times to start reading this and had actually started to fear that I wouldn’t be able to dredge though. I was wrong, so.very.wrong.
There was so much wrapped together within the pages of this read that I am still a little awe struck. See, now that I am reviewing books, I try not to read reviews on books until after I’ve read and reviewed a book. I feel this helps to stay objective and lessens the probability that I will either get too amped up about a book or get drug down by others feelings on it. Much was the same when it came to Every Day; I refused to look at anything anyone had to say after I received my copy. Since this was a first read from the author for me really wanted to make sure I didn’t read into it before actually reading it! I did (and always do) read the synopsis on GR and NetGalley for Every Day and I remember thinking “this should be a good paranormal-ish read” well, I had no clue what could be done with words and a story that turned “a good paranormal-ish read” into a beautiful example of heart, mind and body encompassed by the exploration of love.
Exploration of love = the understatement of the year.
Every Day makes you think. It’s one of those books that you read and have to stop throughout and really think about what the story is saying. Once I hit a mood to read this, I couldn’t read anything else. The story itself pulls you in, constantly wanting to discover what body A will wake up in next and waiting in anticipation to see who A’s new body will be. So, even though I was stopping to reflect on the full meaning of parts of the book, it was still a fast, likeable read.
Every Day had a truly unique underlying romance, while in the body of Justin, he meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. Where A gives a diverse morality to the story, Rhiannon stood as the character to counter this. A was wise from years of jumping from body to body, life to life. Rhiannon was immature and less accepting; the difference in each of these characters thinking lead to a beautiful unfolding of the explanation of love and acceptance. The constant play of emotions and fears from both characters built up this curiosity to see how the relationship would end.
End the end, it all comes back to the grace of Levithan’s writing. The plot alone was mind blowing and the plot twists were out of control amazing but, everything to this point has not equaled what was so beyond our years about this book. It tracks back to the “Exploration of love” statement from earlier.
Are those things everyone wants or would you second guess them if you knew the true effect they could have?
These are all questions and notes I had on my scratch pad I keep while writing. These are all pretty deep questions for a YA read which leaves me intrigued as to how this book will be accepted by the intended readership. Part of me has wanted to say that maybe this should have been written for a slightly older audience. But, I cannot deny the fact that while it’s far beyond the thinking and mindset, on some levels, of most of its intended readership, I think it’s target audience is perfect. The topics within this read truly make you think and to me I think that middle-high school readers will have far more understanding of the relationships and lack the understanding of love, possibly leading those readers to think further into what love is and what it means.
Overall - While some depths of this book will be lost in translation to the intended readership. While others will blossom into thought provoking discussion that will make it worth while!
I think I like just about everything about this one. Yes, pure and simple, it was angst, it was love, it was the perils of starting hiMy thoughts?
I think I like just about everything about this one. Yes, pure and simple, it was angst, it was love, it was the perils of starting high school all wrapped up and delivered to for my reading pleasure!
Why? Well, for starters there was Rose. She was one part geek, one part social butterfly, one part pretty girl and about 6 parts snark which equated to pure genius. I know, seems a bit too simple right? Wrong. I think this type of character is too often lost in the jumble or over played. It really is hard to get the snark across just right with an angst-y feel like this story had and for debut Louis Rozett, will I say Score 1 for her!
The other part of Rose that drew me to love this story and the writing was the true girth of emotion that was conveyed in her character. Rose is angry, yes, hence the title, but relaying what true "teenage" anger is like has proved to be difficult in books I've read to date. Being able to get that balance of not just anger but the lack of knowledge of why exactly your angry and the mixture of emotions beyond anger that it evokes,well, that takes talent, talent that we seemed to have found. Rozett managed to relay those in an emotional, humor packed read that I was immediately hooked on.
Oh yea, the humor! This book definitely scored higher on my ratings for actually getting me to laugh out loud!
I have to make note of the cover as it was one of the big things that drew me to this book. The simplistic nature of it is so far beyond most YA books that I've come across. Yes, one simple girl, seemingly lost in thought, pulling and playing with her necklace, this my friends is a marketing genius. Not over the top pretty, but not under played. It hits the perfect mixture of pretty+intrigue. Love's it!
Only things that didn't totally cut it? As much as I could go on and on about how perfect I think Rose was I do think that she might get slightly lost in translation. Where I found her to be perfect, it is still hard for me to believe that she was only 14 for part of this book. The age discrepancy may prove to be a bit more difficult for some readers to get past, but for me it plays to a love/hate. I can look past it and frankly forgot for part of reading how old she was supposed to be until they mentioned her turning 15. I just hope other readers can do the same.
Really? Cause I needed another massive flippin' cliffhanger this year?
Yep. Nope. Overall - I'll mark it a must read for the high-school generation. With Rozett nailing the persona of most(every) teenage girl. If you are an older YA reader just beware of the written age, if you are someone who holds a character to their age range then you may want to check out more reviews before jumping in.