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Notes from the Blender by Trish Cook
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"Notes from the [Family] Blender" is a book which grew only slowly on me because of one of the two main characters (yes, this book has switching points of view by two different authors): During the first chapters the guy, Declan, presents himself to us as the kind of teenage boy I always thought I could live without knowing: The sort that is forever playing violent xBox-games, listening to music which revels in sheer brutality, watching non-stop internet porn and talking the rest of the time about their own penis and its voluntary and involuntary activities. Ughh. The reader gets the chance to peek beyond this partly constructed persona a little farther into the story, when Neilly, the girl-part of this strangers-become-siblings-in-a-patchwork-family-equation, detects the hidden sweet traits of her "new bro" on the spot, smiles cheekily and unoffendedly about his guess-how-many-goth-chicks-I-have-nailed-bragging, threw in some counter-remarks and unabrasedly went ahead to instruct him about how to get a girl without pointing out that she sees straight through his armour. I unexpectedly started to like Declan and cheer for him right along with Neilly. I began to understand the emotions he had piled up inside of his mind since his mother's car-crash-death which happened right in front of his eyes. And in the end I felt for him even in situations Neilly did not.
Neilly is a heroine I instantly liked. Same goes for her mother Carmen. The rest of the parental crowd (three more guys) and another new step-brother, the angelic Griffin, did not convince me so much. Also I think that the church aspect is a bit too preachy, a bit overdone. In case you wonder: No, this story does not point out the usual Christian doctrine. The church youth group both sets of parents urge their offspring to attend is one that worships Jesus, Buddha and Mother Earth in one person, has the congregation's motto "Love Makes A Family" inscripted above the entrance and offers commitment ceremonies to same-sex couples whom the state Neilly and Declan reside in refuses to unite in marriage. In addition the evils of drinking alcohol and taking drugs were shouted repeatedly at the reader along with the debatable message that it is super-easy and cool to stay away from illegal substances, because the interestingly wicked people abstain anyhow. All fine and alright with me, but I like it better when authors drive down the road determined to tell a great, believable story withought swaying into the sermon line and without stopping at picnic areas to to hand out flyers on "How to improve our intolerant and godless society".

Recommended to fans of multiple-point-of-view-contemporary YA who do not mind to be lectured a bit.
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Teccc Okay..... Can I swap this? :)


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Nic Great review Olivia. I am kind of curious about this one :)


oliviasbooks Teccc: Sure. The dust-jacket shows some damage courtsey of TBD. Hope you like it.


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Jasprit Great review Olivia, also I'm interested in the international giveaway thanks :)


oliviasbooks Great! I am glad, Jasprit.


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