This is a difficult book to review – mostly because though I have lots of thoughts on it, they’re all kind of a messy jumble of meh.
This was not a gooThis is a difficult book to review – mostly because though I have lots of thoughts on it, they’re all kind of a messy jumble of meh.
This was not a good book. In any category – not plot-wise, not character-wise, not writing-wise; just assume there was no wisdom at all to be found. Which is why it’s hard to pinpoint why it’s such a fast read, and why, despite its countless failures, it’s such an easy book to get through.
I’m attributing that to the pace, which is fast, and keeps the story, and the characters, constantly on the move. So the story doesn’t lag, it just propels forward. It’s not the suspense that keeps you going though, it’s just momentum. It’s solely the action that sustains it.
Because everything else is laughable.
The writing borders on naive, with a side on wannabe-poetics. It sounded unnatural at times, but it wasn’t jarring, or even very relevant at all. This was the least problematic part, on the whole. The plot was just… convenient. Too easy, too coincidentally fitting, too unbelieving. At least to me – at every “plot twist” I was thinking “wow, what a small world!” (or, alternatively, “how lucky!”). Another word on those twists – predictable. I wasn’t surprised one single time. Basic storyline points are obvious from the get-go, yet still treated as reveals.
Worse still, those characters. I spent the first half of the book hoping our main character would, indeed, meet a terrible fate. She’s annoying, spoiled, and makes terrible decisions, all the while dressed in a “I’m the good one” coat. Which, had that been the angle explored, probably wouldn’t have bothered me much. Alas, we went with the “she’s going to go through massive character development in a short period of time”. And I still felt like all her changes were superficial. Everything in this book felt superficial. And every character felt fluid, adapting more or less as the moment called for it. Not big or bad enough to really bothered you, but still there.
I think it comes down to that – no depth. Not in the story, and definitely not in the characters. The ending was terribly overdone, the scenes all planned out and orchestrated to a cinematic feel. It felt flat and bland.
All that being said, it wasn’t a terrible book. It had its entertaining moments, and it flew by super quick. If you don’t think too much about it and just want something fast and brainless you might actually enjoy it. It’s entirely possible that I’m being too harsh – maybe it was just the wrong book for me.
Overall I guess my opinion could be summarized in a nah....more
This gorgeous book is the first (and only) I won at a giveaway – courtesy of the lovely Lisa over at Bookshelf Fantasies, who went above and beyond anThis gorgeous book is the first (and only) I won at a giveaway – courtesy of the lovely Lisa over at Bookshelf Fantasies, who went above and beyond and got me the book despite the fact that the publisher wouldn’t ship outside of the US (thankyouthankyouthankyou). It’s so pretty and looks so freaking good on my shelf, you guys!
I was excited to read this as the story sounded so interesting, and we definitely need more YA books handling tough subjects and shedding light on important issues (yeah, because “gay camps” are actually a thing, if you can believe it). And though the subject was handled well, I don’t know… This is one of those hard ones to review for me.
The thing is, I really liked this book. It kept me hooked, and entertained. I really liked the writing, it flowed really well. And though I liked how the author handled the central theme without a fuss and straight on, there were other aspects that needed a different layer of seriousness. In the end. it was written like a light read while handling really big topics. I don’t want to get into spoilers but there were certain aspects of the camp that could/should have brought the book to a whole new level – yet didn’t.
The story was good, original, important. The writing was very pleasant. But it was divided between light and dark without fully falling into either, and that, for me, didn’t work. It lacked depth. That being said, though it wasn’t all it could have been, it was still highly enjoyable and I will definitely be reading more by the author....more