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Blink and Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones
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Jan 22, 12

bookshelves: mystery, reality, young-adult
Read in January, 2012

This was an enjoyable, intriguing story. It reminded me a little bit of Paper Towns by John Green. Both characters were likeable, and the story unfolded in alternating points of view. Blink's voice was in second person, which was unique. Caution's voice was in third person. It took quite awhile for the two characters to meet, but once they did, they became a team with each one's strengths complimenting the other one. The basic premise of the story is that Blink witnesses a businessman leaving a hotel room with 3 people, and on the way out, one of the men tosses the hotel key over his shoulder. Blink enters the room and steals a few hundred dollars and a blackberry. The event is later reported as a kidnapping in the news. Blink knows the truth, and makes contact with the businessman's daughter (via the blackberry) to let her know that her dad is okay. Meanwhile, since his fingerprints are now in the hotel room, he ends up on the run. The parallel story belongs to Caution, who is living with her drug dealing boyfriend and fighting her own demons after her brother's death. When she finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her, she steals his money and leaves - also ending up on the run in fear of the boyfriend finding her. Both Blink and Caution end up at the train station, and Caution befriends Blink after seeing he has some money. She steals his money, but later feels bad about it and returns the cash to him on the train. Both characters have heart, which is why they were likeable. The rest of the story involves tracking down the businessman, getting caught, escaping, and moving on with life and healing.
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