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Blink and Caution

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Two street kids get tangled in a plot over their heads—and risk an unexpected connection—in this heart-pounding thriller by Tim Wynne-Jones.

Boy, did Blink get off on the wrong floor. All he wanted was to steal some breakfast for his empty belly, but instead he stumbled upon a fake kidnapping and a cell phone dropped by an "abducted" CEO, giving Blink a link to his perfect
Hardcover, 345 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Candlewick Press
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Reynaldo Franco
Dec 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Blink and Caution (not the characters real names), although a bit confusing at times, was an overall an okay read. At first, I did not really get interested in the storyline and how the book was written, but the more I read the more interesting it got. Even though I am not a fan of there being second person in books, this text pulls it off well. You really feel like you are in the shoes of Blink and experiencing what he is going through with the inclusion of second person style.

Both Blink and C
Dec 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Blink! You left home to escape your stepfather and now you are involved in finding a kidnapped executive who might end up getting you killed. Caution betrays the dangerous drug-dealing boyfriend that exposes her to the seedy underbelly of crime in Toronto and now she has cons you! Between your panic, her secrets and the dangerous favor you've promised to the daughter of the kidnapped VIP and CEO, how can you survive?
Wynne-Jones creates a taut, realistic noir novel with adolescent protagonists Bl
Feb 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, age-ya, arcs
I received this ARC from the publisher.

Blink is a kid living on the streets who happens to be in a hotel when some mysterious stuff goes down: several men leave a hotel room, and later footage appears where one of the men, the CEO of a large company, is being "kidnapped." Blink steals a phone left in the hotel room and contacts the man's daughter, who doesn't know anything different from the news reports. Blink and the daughter, Alyson, make plans to meet. Caution, a girl running from her abusiv
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Those of you who follow me know that I rarely write reviews (I have my reasons). Felt I had to for this one. Aside from a well-written, riveting storyline, this book also has something completely unexpected, something I usually steer clear of, and I may have blipped right past this gem had someone not recommended it to me. This is a dual-POV story of two teens living on the streets of Toronto. They do not meet until almost halfway through the story, but you can see them intertwined despite this. ...more
Katie Young
Mar 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Katie Young
Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Blink and Caution are two teens driven to the streets for different reasons. Blink left home because of constant mental and physical abuse from his stepdaddy. Caution left home for the streets because she felt it was the life she deserved after what she did to her brother. Their separate lives on the streets eventually cross paths and together they make it off the streets and become whole again.

This book has two parts. Part one tells the individual stori
Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 16 and up
At first I thought this was going to be another young adult dystopian fantasy, I guess because of the title and the cover. I'm happy to report it's not at all what I expected. What an amazingly satisfying realistic read! I fell hook, line and sinker for both characters, Blink and Kitty (Caution), and the storyline propelled me through the pages with its taut plotting. Blink's second person narrative worked, bringing me into his life and thoughts with an intimate immediacy. Wynne-Jones is a write ...more
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad, but I think young adults would enjoy it better than older readers. The writing is fresh and pretty much Young Adult oriented, as the violence and other adult themes are subdued. And don't be fooled by the blurb on the back cover. The book is by no means a "noir".
Margaret Boling
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
5/16/11 ** You know that the characters in a book are well-crafted when they wake you up in the middle of the night and won't let you go back to sleep because you want so badly to find out what's going on with them. Have you ever found yourself writing the the book into the future, that part you haven't read yet, as you try to figure out what's going to happen next?

Wynne-Jones has carefully crafted a dual perspective book - in the first half alternating chapters follow Blink and Caution (as in C
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it
The book Blink and Caution written by Wynne-Jones had a very complicated storyline. The story was lead by the two main characters Blink and Caution. The book went by very slow, and it took a while to get to the climax. Also, the book took place in second person which got annoying and confusing at times.
The book starts out with Blink being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Blink is homeless and starving. So he went into a hotel hoping to find leftover food that hasn't yet been picked up outs
Jennifer Wardrip
Oct 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

BLINK & CAUTION is the tale of two streets kids. Brent (Blink) and Kitty (Caution) both have back stories that have them on the run. When their paths cross, they work together to overcome the odds against them.

Blink was simply looking for a free breakfast when he took the elevator to the sixteenth floor of the hotel. It looked like there would be easy pickings from the half-eaten remains left on trays set outside the rooms. When
Anna Bubolz
Oct 20, 2016 rated it liked it
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Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-in-2012, ya
I considered giving BLINK & CAUTION three stars, then blinked. I thought a lot of the writing was five star, but grew cautious. Like the double-billed title, I'm of two minds. First, you should know that this tale of two street kids, one boy and one girl, in Toronto, is nicely written, especially for the YA genre. The characterization is solid, too. You feel as if you know both characters well -- especially Caution (real name: Kitty), who's a hard luck girl capable of playing hardball with t ...more
Oct 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those who appreciate gritty, YA urban adventure stories
This was my first Tim Wynne-Jones book and I would never have picked it up if I hadn’t heard him speak at the Boston Globe Horn Book awards. What a charming, bearded man! And what an interesting book!

Some friends whose opinions I trust had a very difficult time getting into the story, but “Not I” said the cat. (That’s from The Little Red Hen. Duh.) From the very first chapter, I was fascinated with the characters’ voices. The second person narrative on the part of Blink was tedious at times, but
Jan 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Rebecca Birkin
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Tim Wynne-Jones taught at the WIFYR conference in 2012, and his class on dialogue was so inspirational that I had to put his book on my to-read list.

This book is unique and very well done. It switches between Blink and Caution, street names for the two main characters. Caution is written in third person limited, but Blink is written second person. And it not only works, but works amazingly well. I think it may have been something like the way Blink thinks his Granda would speak to him [I won't s
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-fiction
At first the writing (2nd person narrative) was a bit jarring and I had to focus on the story. Blink did not appeal immediately and I wasn't really into the story. Then Caution was introduced and I was absorbed into the tale and began to enjoy myself.

The tale of two street youth, Blink and Caution, both on the streets for different reasons and then thrown together because of a series of a mystery that Blink (street name because he blinks so much)is trying to solve. While stealing food in a hote
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I snapped this ARC up at work last week as I've only just discovered this very talented author. I was eager to read more by Wynne-Jones and I was not disappointed with his latest.

Once again I was hooked from the first. The opening action for each of the two main characters immediately drops you into their desperate worlds and gains your sympathy for any of the 'dirty dealing' they must indulge in as the story progresses. I particularly liked the author's use of 2nd person narrative for Blink's
Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This novel started out as the distasteful variety which shows the dark underbelly of street-kid life, with gritty sexual and drug abuse, helplessness and hopelessness and plenty of reasons I might like to give up reading about. But I liked the way Wynne-Jones talked about the destiny of the meeting of these two characters, and I found that their tough exteriors and hurt hearts were endearing them to me and causing me to read on, despite my misgivings. And of course, this is a wonderful storytell ...more
Sarah BT
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Oh, how I wanted to like this one! I listened to it on audio since it's narrated by a narrator I normally love, MacLeod Andrews. (Really, he's awesome-listen to Will Grayson,Will Grayson) But this one just didn't pull me in. The mystery was a bit over the top and felt a bit too "bad guys are such doofuses and teens can outwit them easily" which never seemed to fit with the depth the author was trying to give the characters. Both Blink and Caution have troubled pasts that they are trying to deal ...more
Heather Perkinson
Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This has got everything a book should have--suspense and a mystery, romance, great characters who are a more than a little quirky, and it reads like a thriller movie. The two main characters are outsiders, both runaways living in the city of Toronto, when they stumble upon a mystery and each other. Read this if you like mystery thrillers.
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 14-16, homeless, mystery
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May 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another fine book from Tim W-J, but oh lord does it ever make me homesick. I know virtually all the places in this book, and especially the parts of Toronto, so well. And I miss them. Even Sharbot Lake and Mountain Grove, which, prior to moving to another country, I had virtually no positive feelings about. Although Sharbot Lake (the lake, not the town) used to be nice to swim in.
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I wasn't sure of this book - wasn't sure that it was written for young adults at all. But the story soon carried me along and I think that it suits the older teen market. Well crafted characters and story - this is an unputdownable read. Worth having on your shelves.
Edward Sullivan
Feb 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
A taut, suspenseful story.
Amelia Jacobson
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
At first, this book was sketchy. And, to be honest, it still is.

I didn't love this book at first, and I could see why it was discarded from my school's library. But now that I've actually finished it, the story was pretty good. There is one thing that's a bit of a hangup for me, though it happens in just about every YA novel. It's how the MCs fall in love within a day. It just doesn't work for me. Drives me nuts, actually. I kinda ship Blink/Brent and Caution/Kitty though. Their conversations we
Alex Paq
Aug 23, 2014 rated it liked it
3.0 / 5.0

This review contains spoilers

This plot of this book is really what got me interested in the story. Also the cover is really beautiful. I went into this book with very high expectations, even though I never really heard about it before. It just seemed like it was going to be something fantastic for me because I really love mysteries and crime. This story was good but and I did enjoy my time reading this book but it wasn't fantastic.

Blink's story was told in second person
Need a break from the first-person narrative trend of young adult fiction these days? I couldn’t get enough of Tim Wynne-Jones’ narrative styling for Blink.

--"Oh, you think. A flock of questions come to mind, but the questions are too jittery to land near such a grumpy girl. So you turn the pages of the newspaper, looking for something else on the story, your story […] Oh, Blink, my smart friend. You have read more these last couple of days than you ever did in your life. Your brain is hurting f
Darby Mihelich
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it
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Lizzie Bailey
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Blink and Caution was a very good book. If you want to read a book that will keep you intrigued and guessing about what will come next this would be a book for you. It starts out kinda weird by having blink getting off of the elevator and onto the wrong floor. He makes some odd choices, but ones that he needs in order to survive. He has to run and keep running. Caution has to do the same, odd choices and a lot of running, just to survive.
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Tim Wynne-Jones (born 12 August 1948) is an English–Canadian author of children's literature, including picture books and novels for children and young adults, novels for adults, radio dramas, songs for the CBC/Jim Henson production Fraggle Rock, as well as a children's musical and an opera libretto.

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