Book reviews & writing tips from a wannabe YA writer
Author: Jenny Han
Category: Fiction, Middle-Grade
Summary: 12-year-old Annemarie is about to start junior high and suddenly starts seeing a friend in a new way. Why can’t everything stay the same?
Review: I picked this up on a whim at the library. (Okay, I admit it. I was hungry and the cover looked yummy.)
I wasn’t impressed. The main character is 12 years old, but she doesn’t sound it. Sometimes the way she spoke sounded like a grown-up to me. This made it hard for me to connect to her as a character.
It felt like the heavy stuff with the parents kind of came out of nowhere. We know the dad is rarely around, but that storyline picked up some crazy steam fast. It didn’t feel genuine to me. The resolution of that storyline was a little too optimistic to seem genuine, too.
And this is petty, but all the dropped Gs from just about every character annoyed the crap out of me—darlin’ and gettin’ and speakin’. Enough already.