2 stars. This one was okay for me. It was a quick read, which I think is because the entire book is told in verse. It was okay, but sometimes it felt2 stars. This one was okay for me. It was a quick read, which I think is because the entire book is told in verse. It was okay, but sometimes it felt like things were broken up to give the appearance of poetry, because there were times where it didn't feel like I was reading poetry. Then again, I don't read a lot of novels told in verse, so maybe unfamiliarity is where my problem lies. There is a whole diary feel to the book that didn't quite work for me. The comparison to Mary, Jesus' mother, did not work for me at all, and I felt like the comparison was trying to compare apples and oranges. I'm also not sure what the book was going for abstinence, maybe? That's the impression I got. I'm also not quite clear on who the book is actually meant for- definitely not me, but maybe a teen who's questioning her faith is the target audience for this? The ending was also abrupt and left a lot of questions....more
2 stars. It was okay for me, and I wanted to like it, but I had a hard time with it. I found myself skimming through the part where she's reading abo 2 stars. It was okay for me, and I wanted to like it, but I had a hard time with it. I found myself skimming through the part where she's reading about her relative. I liked the present-day story a little bit more, and the message was really obvious- but it's also really important. She really does struggle to fit in, and you see how much things change her and how she feels caught in the middle on so many different levels. I did really like seeing the relationship with one of her friends and her reaction to Nina hanging out with other people. I think it's something we can all relate to, feeling like we don't fit in, but I feel like I understand Nina a little better.
*I received an advanced copy from netgalley.com in exchange for a fair and honest review....more
I have so many thoughts about A World Without You!
So, I have to admit that I knew I wanted to read this book, but that I didn't know what it was abouI have so many thoughts about A World Without You!
So, I have to admit that I knew I wanted to read this book, but that I didn't know what it was about going in. At first, I didn't realize it was a contemporary, because of the whole school-for-kids-with-special-powers aspect. As the book went on, I realized that, in fact, the book was not sci-fi or paranormal or fantasy- basically, whatever genre you classify kids-with-special powers as. That was when I realized the book was more contemporary than anything else. I was a little disappointed that it was a contemporary novel, because I think it had a lot of promise if it had stuck to the idea that Sofia was trapped in 1692 Salem, Massachusetts, and not the aftermath of her suicide. I do think the books works better if you don't know that going in, because the paralyzing fear that something is wrong is much more palpable. I kind of liked that I didn't realize something was wrong at first, because everything seemed so normal. But it was frustrating at the same time, because it became a story I wasn't as interested in.
I think, had I known going in that Bo had severe mental illness, I would have spent the book frustrated knowing what was going on, and waiting for him to catch up and figure everything out. There is an undercurrent of fear and confusion and you really see Bo lose all sense of time and reality. It's also the most severe case I've seen in any YA book that deals with mental illness- I think Identical by Ellen Hopkins is the only other one I can think of that comes remotely close, and it's pretty similar in that you don't realize what's going on until the end of the novel.
I did really want the story where Bo has to go back in time to save Sofia- partly because that part of the novel really interested me, but I'm also curious about how Revis would tell that story.
I feel like the blurb gave away way too much. I know I mentioned that this a book that may be better if you don't know what's going on, and you're figuring things out right alongside Bo. But I still think it works better if you know nothing.
We also get a few chapters narrated by Phoebe, who is Bo's sister. I feel like her chapters were meant to show how different they are, and how everything that is going on with Bo affects her. Her chapters were boring and flat, and I feel like all she did was complain about how no one paid attention to her because she's the good student who's going off to college. It's clear that her parents seem to be focused on Bo- which is understandable- but I do understand that her parents probably don't give her a lot of attention because she's the one they DON'T have to worry about. And given everything going on with Bo, she probably feels like she has to do well.
It is hard to say for sure, though, since most of the book focused on Bo, and we only get a few chapters focusing on Phoebe.
The last chapter- an epilogue- was really weird for me. It did leave you wondering if maybe Bo did have some sort of power or ability but no one realized it because it presented as something else. It's ambiguous enough that you're not sure, but...I am not a fan of the epilogue. I know it's trying to wrap up with what happened the previous chapter, and that if the book had ended with that chapter...it would have been a hell of a cliffhanger. But I felt like the epilogue took away a lot of the fear and confusion that we saw in the chapter before it, and it really lost the darkness and edge that it would have had otherwise.
The moment between Bo and Phoebe was weird- if Bo does have a mental illness, then was it just a coincidence? It did feel off, like maybe he did have some sort of supernatural ability, but no one believed him. I wonder if maybe he did, but it wasn't said outright, because it would have contradicted everything in the book? Maybe I'm wrong, but I felt like you could see it that way.
My Rating: 3 stars. I do think it works better if you don't read the blurb, but it's also a really good look at mental illness. It's just not for me....more