Cath Crowley is a legit master of the dueling narrations. She's masterful at taking one persons thoughts, and seamlessly flowing into the next personsCath Crowley is a legit master of the dueling narrations. She's masterful at taking one persons thoughts, and seamlessly flowing into the next persons in the next chapter. Color me impressed.
I LOVED the nod to Marchetta (...unless I just totally inserted that in there???) Is "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" required reading in Australia? I swear I've seen it mentioned in more than one Aussie YA book. I'd like to believe that the characters in the Marchetta universe rub elbows with the Crowley characters (and Kirsti Eager too).
But *sigh*. The death of a sibling is unfortunately pretty overdone with YA. I KNOW we need that sadness and angst and motivation to come from somewhere and a modern/contemporary story has a somewhat limited well to draw from. So, I forgive it.
Because what she does with a tired trope is very touching. I do wish for a little more 'oomph' at the end, though. I'm not saying we needed bodice ripping or anything, but it was more along the lines of fade to black....more
*Disclaimer* For whatever reason, I thought that this was a Printz Honor book this year.
Not working at a library anymore, I am totally out of the loo*Disclaimer* For whatever reason, I thought that this was a Printz Honor book this year.
Not working at a library anymore, I am totally out of the loop with books now, which is sad in some ways and freeing in others. I no longer feel that undeniable pull to read ALL THE BOOKS, therefore freeing me to do other hobbies, sleep, and work more. But sad too, as I know I'm missing out on that little bit of emotion that books insert into my life. I kinda feel like an android now, and I don't mean the phone.
So, this book was one I thought I had put on hold very recently after the Printz awards were announced. I was just waiting, and waiting and waiting for the BIG SOMETHING that usually sets an award winning book apart from the rest. This book didn't really have that for me, but that doesn't mean it wasn't good or interesting.
It was. It is. It's good. It's interesting, and a little bit unique (hard to say that about any YA book nowadays) and it scratched an itch you didn't know you had.
It was just so dang short.
But, it didn't have MANY, if not ALL the hallmarks of a typical YA book. And for that, the author deserves a round of applause.
(view spoiler)[I am still not sure if this is not a book that is a straight up allegory about coming out of the closet and eating disorders. That's not a bad thing at all. (hide spoiler)] If I'm correct, it was deftly done a la Neal Shusterman and the underlying sentiments of Unwind. And by that I mean that you feel like the author is saying something deep, but he/she is leaving it up to you to decide how you feel about it. Sentimentality is left out.
I look forward to future books in this series, and a new author to obsess over. ...more