Out of This Place
Secondly, the blurb describes it as about a boy trying to stay out of trouble at school. With a friend who has an abusive stepdad. ...more
So I’m not going to, because it isn’t. And I think that it would be doing this book a great disservice, if it were to be passed over on basis of a misconception about its content. Because rather than being just another book about [insert topical teen issue here], Cinnamon Rain is one of the most insightful and hopeful young adult novels I’ve read this ye ...more
I have been “pal”-ing around with poetry ever since Shel Silverstein told me where the sidewalk ends. But novels told in verse? Well we bear a more complicated relationship. I ran shrieking in terror at first sight! Haha…With my head held high, heart hammering away—I dived into my first verse novel a little over a year ago though. I’ve been swooning, searching and craving for more ever since.
Out of This Place is a verse novel beauty! Stark raving beauty. Words and language at their best. Emma C ...more
in cinnamon rain.
Emma Cameron's Cinnamon Rain embodies the Trifecta of Awesome in my reading heart: a contemporary older YA, Novel in Verse, from Australia.
Fortunately, after a long (very, very long) wait for my order of this book from Fishpond, the Trifecta of Awesome didn't disappoint--Cinnamon Rain is one of my stand out reads of the year.
Cinnamon Rain interweaves the stories of three friends: Luke, Ca ...more
Because this book was in verse, I took the liberty of trudging along the road less traveled and write the review in verse as well. Hope you like it. Even if you don't, remeber it's my first try people!
And no, it's not a way to get out of writing a proper review. :)
is what they
like a blanket in the rain,
when you can't
catch up on
Out of this
Out of these
And run away.
to run away from
This book tackled a whole slew of issues characteristic of the usual YA realistic fiction. Surprisingly enough, it didn ...more
Out of This Place, known and published originally as Cinnamon Rain in Australia is a novel I've been wanting to read for a long time. Whenever I'd saved enough money to indulge in an Aussie book, invariably, some other novel would rise up the list before this one and I'd tell myself that I'd buy it - next time. Thus, when it came up on NetGalley, like a starved child I lunged for it, fervently hoping I'd be accepted. You can imagine my surprise, though, when I opened it to find ...more
Originally published under Cinnamon Rain
Luke spends his days going to school, hanging out at the beach, and working at the supermarket. His friend Bongo gets wasted to block out the memories of the little brother he can no longer see and his addict mom and abusive stepdad. Casey is the girl that they both love. She longs to get away from her controlling father and be free. This is a verse novel and it’s been forever since I read a novel in verse. I forgo...more
I tend to like contemporary YA novels written by Australian authors so whenever an opportunity comes up to read a new one I will take it. Out of This Place by Emma Cameron is a beautifully written verse novel that originated in Australia under the title Cinnamon Rain. It is a good story and a powerful one that I enjoyed with some reservations.
I have said before that verse novels don't always work for me. I need to believe that it was th ...more
I love poetry. I really do. And poetry incorporated with YA novels are just magnificent, and utterly unique than the normal way we see literature. One of the reasons why I picked this book up was because, well, the poetry.
This book disappointed me. I expected something better and wiser and so touching that it could just break my delicate heart that often cracks in half when characters just make me cry. This book wasn't even close to that level. Contemporary, yes, but no intriguing.
This is a ...more
But to be serious, I like the look and sound of this. When I do pick up books with heavy content I do hope that the author doesn't hold back. Plus the cover has that vintage-y, dreamy look to it. It's all kind of confusing, but it's a good kind of confusing.
(Review to be posted on the blog in early February 2014.)
I don't think I have many thoughts on this book; it was a quick read (as it's a verse novel), focusing on three teenagers who each deal with their own demons ...more
Not so long ago I've heard of this book. It was Keertana's review and then I knew that this book was for me. First of it was written in verse and second it was by Aussie author (you may have heard of this book as Cinnamon Rain which is if you ask me one of the best titles ever). I can't even describe how happy I was once when I got approved at NetGalley.
It sounded like a mix from heaven. Somehow poetry is not really my thing but then YA stories written in v ...more
The stories of Luke, Bongo, and Casey all overlap in some ways, but you need the perspectives of all three teens to know the full story. In Luke's, we only get glimpses of Bongo and Casey -- we see them through his eyes as he tries to imagine their struggles, and we need their ow ...more
It should be read by millions.
An outstanding contemporary.
I ordered this off the internet and had no idea it was a verse novel until i opened up the book. I was intrigued. I had never read a verse novel. It took me a bit to get use to this new style, but once i did, i was hooked. Once i started reading i could not stop and devoured it in one sitting. Don't let the fact that this is a verse novel stop you from reading this because it is an amazing book.
It's an uplift ...more
The story follows the struggles of all three characters. I found Casey and Bongo more compelling than Luke. Casey has a strict father and ventures off to live her own life. Bongo has it worst of all, with an abusive stepfather, mother in rehab, and brother whose foster parents won’t a ...more
Cinnamon Rain by Emma Cameron is an Australian coming of age novel written in verse.
Luke, Casey, and Bongo each narrate a different part of the book, telling their story. They're all in Year 10 and trying to decide what they want to do with their future.
Luke has a crush on Casey, but he's worried his feelings aren't reciprocated. He doesn't know what he wants to do in the future.
Casey is stuck obeying the strict rules of her father. She wants to get out of town and lose ties with anyone ...more
Cameron is amazing at building and creating emotion! Her three main characters: Luke, Casey, and Bongo/David are each so different from each other but it was interesting to get to see in ...more
Then there's Bongo. And his step-Dad, who ...more
When you're almost an adult, but you still have to follow the rules of the real adults, life can be difficult. They make the decisions. They tell you what to do. They are in control.
For three teens who are getting ready to head out into the world, there are big decisions to be made.
Luke has no idea what to do with his future; he just knows that he doesn't want to stay where he is.
Casey has a father who is over-controlling and who has always behaved like Ca ...more
This book was okay. I enjoyed slowly discovering what was going on in each of the characters' lives, and I found the slowly developing love triangle to be fascinating. I thought the characters' personalities were developed in an interesting manner, particularly because it switches between three different points of view. It was a quick read, and I got to see a ...more
The story, told all in prose, follows the three teenagers as they struggle towards the future and leaving who they were behind.
I'll be honest. I was expecting a lot. I enjoy books in prose and have read quite a few of them. Sadly, these stories weren't for me.
Each character has one third of the book to tell their story. Luke is the good guy, struggling to find his career path and finally get the girl he loves, Casey, who doe ...more