Thursday, August 8, 2013
Katherine Tegen Books, 2013
Source: Received an ARC through Amazon Vine in exchange for an honest review.
As a big fan of bright colors (you should see some of my outfits!), this cover caught my attention. When I saw a lot of mixed reviews, I was unsure if I wanted to take a risk and give it a try but when I saw it on Amazon Vine, I decided it would be worth it. After finishing, I can see why this book was so polarizing for readers; though there were parts, I found amazing, I also struggled through others, meaning my review is thoroughly mixed.
Honestly I wasn't really sure what to expect plot wise because the back cover suggests a very different story from the more familiar Goodreads summary in list form. That list suggested to me a crazy road trip style story focusing on main character Kiri's investigation into the death of her beloved older sister Suki. What is actually in store is a disintegration of Kiri's neatly ordered world, kick started by a phone call about her sister and expanding across her potential music career, through her family, through her friendship, and encompassing a love interest.
This book is loud and messy (hence the cover totally fits (side note: I'm dying to rock an orange/purple outfit to work one day but can't quite find the right shade of purple to not look too crazy against the orange.)) And I struggled with that. I tend to live more on the orderly side, I'm extremely punctual, I follow the rules. While I initially followed Kiri down her path of discovery, it went too far for my more conservative tastes. I kind of feel like she had a breakdown although I think she'd describe it as an epiphany (she seems to be in a manic state). Being someone who wants everyone she meets (both real and fictional) to experience good mental/emotional/physical health, I wasn't quite sure how to take that.
Kiri's change in personality is brought out by the writing itself, which is at times frantic with short sentences punctuating all that Kiri feels but balanced out with some beautifully poetic passages. Even as I had trouble with the plot and character developments, I continually felt compelled to keep reading and see how everything would shake out.
Overall: I think this is a big colorful book with a lot of heart and some incredible passages of writing. While it is not exactly my kind of book, I'm glad I gave it a try and I would encourage you to check it out and sample some of the writing for yourself before making a decision.
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