Johanna has had more than enough trauma in her life. She lost her mom in a car accident, and her father went AWOL when Johanna was just a baby. At sixteen, life is steady, boring . . . maybe even stifling, since she's being ...more
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Out of blue her estranged father Robert Newton contacts Joanna and would like to see her for ...more
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Bloomsbury, for an honest review.
“𝑨𝒍𝒍 𝒘𝒆𝒆𝒌 𝒍𝒐𝒏𝒈, 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑨𝒎𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒇𝒍𝒂𝒈 𝒐𝒏 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒕 𝒍𝒂𝒘𝒏 𝒇𝒍𝒂𝒑𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒓𝒊𝒍𝒚 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒏𝒅. 𝑾𝒆𝒊𝒓𝒅 𝒉𝒐𝒘 𝑰 𝒏𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒖𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒏𝒐𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒆 𝒊𝒕 𝒖𝒑 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 – 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒉𝒖𝒈𝒆, 𝒅𝒖𝒓𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝒂𝒅 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒑𝒂𝒕𝒓𝒊𝒐𝒕𝒊𝒔𝒎.
𝑰 𝒘𝒐𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒓 𝒊𝒇 𝒎𝒚 𝒈𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒔 𝒐𝒘𝒏𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒇𝒍𝒂𝒈 𝒃𝒆𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒇𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝑰 𝒔𝒉𝒐𝒕 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒌𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒅𝒂𝒖𝒈𝒉𝒕𝒆𝒓.”
“𝑩𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒌 𝒕𝒘𝒊𝒄𝒆 𝒊𝒇 𝒚𝒐𝒖’𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒂 𝒉𝒐𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒍𝒆 𝒔𝒊𝒕𝒖𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏.”
Johanna has been raised by her grandparents for most of her lif ...more
[trigger warning: gun violence]
"Not anymore, though. Hell, no. This is about me. It is my story. Because of my past, I will make sure my future is different."
Accidental is such a refreshing read, a book that I can confidently say we don't encounter much. Don't you just admire authors that are brave enough to weave a story that includes heavy and tough subjects about todays society? I personally think we should stop ...more
ACCIDENTAL was one of my most anticipated books of 2020 and it surpassed my hopeful expectations.
I’ve made no secret that I hate guns and have since I was a kid. My high school had a gun club, and my classmates stored their ...more
Accidental by Alex Richard's is about Johanna who has grown up living with her grandparents because her mother died in a car accident when she was young. Johanna father has decided not to be in her life until now day he gets in contact with her and breaks some devastating news she did not see coming.
Accidental deals with issues such as father daughter issues, school issues ...more
Actual rating rounded up to a 3.5.
OK-this had the premise to be an amazing and gut-wrenching read (most of my recent reads have fallen into the category of "I'm for sure going to be crying at the end and I don't even feel bad about it" types of stories) and this was along the same vein. Johanna is a junior at a small private school, trying to figure out getting into Parson ...more
When Johanna finds out her mother didn’t die in a car accident but that she accidentally shot her with an unsecured firearm she is left reeling. How could her grandparents lie to her?
Will she ever be able to forgive herself for what she did? This book will take you on a journey through the emotions ...more
Richards tackles issues of gun violence with a deft hand, weaving an important message into a heartbreaking, powerful story about loss and hope.
The statistics for gun violence is staggering. Over 25,000 people this year alone have died from gun violence. The scary part is that the number doesn’t include people injured by a gunshot and the year isn’t over quite yet. It’s heartbreaking that this is the world we’re living in.
Imagine hearing a devastating story about your Moms death and then finding out it was all a lie. Come to find out, you had some pa ...more
When I first read the synopsis for this book, I thought about how tragic the situation was and then tried to imagine what ...more
Disclaimer: An eARC was provided via Publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own.
When I read the blurb of the book; I couldn’t hit request hard enough – the blurb made Accidental sound like a book that will break your heart and yet leave you with hope at the end of reading the book!
In Accidental; Johanna is living the typical teenage life with her conservative grandparents – she has her tribe, two ...more
Jo has always missed her mother, but respected the boundaries ...more
Such a sad story to read about, but it really makes you think about all the gun violence in the world and how many accidents happen because of gun.
My family always had so many guns because they're hunters. My dad always made sure they were locked up tight and they weren't loaded for fear of anything happening to me and my siblings or even my mother pr himself. I couldn't fathom being a child that accidentally shot their own mother or family member ...more
There are all the ingredients necessary to a satisfying teen book: passionate friendships, sweet romance (Milo was the cutest), love/hate relationship with one's family, bullying, school drama. But what makes this book exceptional is the subject matter it deals with—GUNS—and the delicate manner Richards has of showing a true societal problem.
ACCIDENTAL isn't a call-to-arms; it's a reminder not to b ...more
This is a powerful and emotional book and the author nailed it with the story. This book was just wonderful and the author did an amazing job tackling the talk about gun violence, losing family, friends, and yourself, plus talking about emotional problems. I was hooked with this book from page 1 because the way the author describes the plot and scenes were very descriptive so it wasn't at all hard for the reader to thi ...more
Accidental follows Johanna, a teenager raised by her grandparents after her mother was tragically killed in a car accident - or so she thinks. The truth is revealed when Johanna's absentee father barrels back into her life and lays it on her: Johanna accidentally killed her mother as a toddler when she found her father's gun.
This book takes a hard look at gun violence in the US, and how in addition to stree ...more
Thank you to Bloomsbury YA for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Johanna is someone you can easily relate to, even in this dark revelation. She struggles to accept it and quickly blames herself. The curiosity is one that causes her to get to know her dad (and see a new side of her grandparents). She runs the gamut of feelings during these events and brings you with her. ...more
“Accidental” by Alex Richards is a young adult contemporary that tells the story of Johanna who’s dealing with the death of her mother, her father abandoning her, and living with her grandparents. Johanna believes that the death of her mother was due to a car accident, but that all changes when her father comes back in her life with the truth. Johanna life changes forever as she realizes that all her life she’s been living a lie. Her mother was not killed in a car acci ...more
This was well written in traditional terms, but the Johanna really blew it for me. Before she even knew anything about her past, she did not seem like a nice kid.
I didn’t like Jo’s voice, from page 1. It gave me icky vibes how she makes fun of her grandparents behind their back.
I do really like how open she is with everyone from the beginning. The added tension of keeping it secret would have made the book ...more
"Accidental" is built around a subject that has haunted me ever since I read this statistic: "1.7 million children live with unlocked, loaded guns - 1 out of 3 homes with kids have guns." You see stories on the news more & more frequently these days about children (easily) getting access to guns & accidentally (or on purpose) wounding or killing siblin ...more
First of all, this story may be upsetting to anyone who's lost someone to gun violence, so please be aware of that. It's not gratuitous at all, but it is there, since Johanna is just as much a victim as anyone else.
The characterisation in this is fabulous. Everyone is distinct and everyone is complicated. I loved that no one was just one simple thing; no one is The Brain or The Bully. They all have layers.
Guns, gun ownership and gun violence are extrem ...more
Jo lost her mom when she was 2, one day she finds out she accidentally shot her mother to death when she was a toddler.
We get to read about the guilt and shame Jo feels. It is a heartbreaking story.
And something that sadly happens in real life too not just books and movies.
This is an emotional book. The author did a great job with this story. I felt everything the characters ...more
But there is one thing that I can't understand: gun violence (even after reading stories and watching a lot movies about it).
For me is something so inconceivable to think about kids using guns at school. Or they selling guns at Walmart? Because in my country we have issues with guns, but guns being ...more