Here's a round-up of YA books I've read in the last couple of months. Apparently I end up doing this in June sometimes.
Graceling and City of Bones, kind of.) So I'll try to review this book on its own merits.
The main feeling I had coming away from this book was that it should have been so much better than it was. The characters are pretty well drawn and the story is compelling. The setting is just spooky enough. And yet. In the end, it just wasn't...delicious. I read it, and it was interesting enough, but I wasn't sucked into it like I hoped I would be.
Part of the problem is that what bothered me the most about Twilight (sorry, couldn't resist mentioning it) is even worse in this book - all the sappy teenage romance stuff. Ugh. Just kill me now before I have to read one more sentence about Grace checking out Sam's butt. I'd get all interested in the mysterious story and then every other page be abruptly jerked out of it when the characters kept wanting to kiss each other.
I guess the real test is whether I'm going to read the next book in the series (OF COURSE there's a next book). I think the answer is no. Make of that what you will.
Plus, this book made me laugh out loud on multiple occasions, so much so that I had to put the book down for a few moments to recover myself. I was smiling for a long time after finishing it.
My favorite passage from the book, describing the group of main characters:
"They did not need to impress anyone and were therefore remarkably free from snarkiness, anxiety, and irksome aspirational behaviors, such as competition over grades and evaluation of one another's clothing...They were free. They were silly. They were secure."
Don't you want to hang out with them? Them, and the kids from Enthusiasm.
(PS, not to scare anyone off, but this book would be a great read for a budding righteousFeminist. I conflate the two terms on purpose because using the one word alone doesn't portray the idea I want. I mean that this is a book that could have a place in teaching high school girls how to be their own strong selves and not rely on stupid boys. I'm sure we can all agree that's a good thing.)
Does anyone else have any good recommendations for some good YA books? I'll put them on a list for when I have access to the public library again.