Author: Cat Clarke
Published: 6 January 2011
Pages: 372 (Advanced Reader Copy)
When Grace Carlyle wakes up to find herself in a strange, white room, with a white chair, a white ensuite, a white bed, a white duvet, a white pillow…with a white table, with over 100 pens and a stack of paper, she writes her story. And my, that story is enthralling!
Clarke’s writing style is superb, and draws you in at the right moments to draw either laughter or sadness, and it makes this book an incredibly intriguing and interesting read…. it definitely left an impression on me.
At first, Grace may seem a little selfish and bitchy, and to me it wasn’t like that. Like in Before I Fall, I tried to look past the main characters (Sam in Before I Fall) seemingly obvious flaws, and tried to note how they changed, for better or for worse. Although, in both cases they seemed to go in a new direction which was definitely positive.
I was really intrigued by the first chapter… I was wondering what on earth was happening, so many original and strange things had happened! There was a really good element of mystery as well, it really kept me glued to the page.
What I really loved about this book was the characters, and how well developed they were, and how realistic it was. I loved the characters for what they were, and of course there were moments where the characters did something I felt was morally wrong, but it made it more realistic. It was also realistic in the fact of how the characters interacted as teenagers, and their actions and behaviour. It was so true to life I was shocked at how close it was to some people I knew..
Nevertheless, it didn’t stop my enjoyment of this book. There was maybe no set plot, but there was always something interesting happening, a cliff hanger like end to a chapter that kept me reading the book.
I really felt for Grace, and at times she may have been over reacting, and at times it may have seemed a little unrealistic, but really, people do experience things like that on a day to day basis (maybe not what Ethan did to Grace though), and that made it all the more good to me.
I really recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a little bit of thriller, romance and comedy. You will find all sorts of wonderful in this book, and it really has stayed communicating to me, even though I have finished the book…
Mystery, surprise, all marvellously done!
Writing Quality: 10/10
Absolutely magical 😀
I think it was a very original idea in the events that happened, and it felt so gritty and down to earth, which I felt no other British teen book had done before.
There was so much mystery and depth to each of the characters, and a lot of their development was hidden in the pages, waiting to be read, and that was really fun to read.
It sometimes felt that there wasn’t many, but the descriptions were integrated so well you could easily imagine what was happening, but not notice you were reading a description, and I think that is great story telling!
45/50 = 90%
Thank you to UK Book Tours for this copy!