Author: Lauren Strasnick
Publisher: Simon Pulse
ARC, 171 pages
Date Published: October 5, 2010
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
First love, broken friendships, and heartache all play a part in this evocative, voice-driven novel about Alex, a girl whose world is ripped apart when her father’s affair splits her family in two.
Alex moves with her mess of a mother to a new town, where she is befriended by hot, enigmatic Fred—and alternately flirted with and cold-shouldered by Fred’s twin sister, Adina. Others warn Alex to steer clear of the twins, whose sibling relationship is considered abnormal at best, but there’s just something about Fred—and something about Adina—that draws Alex to them and makes her want to be part of their crazy world…no matter the consequences.
After Alex’s dad has an affair and breaks her family apart, she moves with her mess of a mother to her deceased grandma’s house a few hours away. Without her best friend Evie and her favorite parent, Alex feels isolated and alone.
Strasnick’s characterization of a lonely, angry, and understandably frustrated girl are spot on. Alex is easy to relate to off the bat, but I found her to also be quite the pushover, which may or may not have been intended. Alex seems to let people walk all over her and let her down again and again with little to no protest. There are moments where she explodes and all her anger come out, but I wanted to see more of that.
As for the twins with the abnormal relationship, they were…different. I like Fred. He seems like an okay guy and he was developed well, as was Adina, but the hot and cold from both of them grated on me a bit. Their close relationship is viewed as more than a little strange to the outside world and when Alex gets thrown into the middle of it, she understands why.
I really enjoyed the ambiguity of Alex’s sexual orientation and her reaction to both of the twins. She’s young and not really sure who she is, so it worked really well. Strasnick’s writing is also gripping and pulled me in. The chapters are short and the story moves quickly, so it’s easy to get caught up in it. I finished the book in about an hour or so, not wanting to put it down. I have to say that I really wasn’t satisfied with the ending. Towards the end, things began to escalate and get more and more chaotic and I loved that, but then it just ends. And here I am, left wanting more.
Opening line: I met Fred first. ~ pg. 1
Favorite line(s): Three. Three used to fell right. Me, Mom, Dad – the perfect unit. Now three felt lopsided and odd. Me, Evie, Ben. Me, Adina, Fred. Someone was always, always getting pushed to the side. ~ pg. 123
*This is an ARC version and lines, page numbers, cover art, etc. are subject to change prior to publication
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.
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