by Olivia SammsRelease Date |
April 30, 2013Where to Buy | amazon
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The first book in a series about 17 year old Bea Washington, an edgy, charismatic outsider and recovering addict, who discovers that with her new-found sobriety, she has a disturbing new skill, an ability to see, and draw, people's thoughts. Alarmingly, these visions are only getting stronger and increasing in frequency. As another girl in school is raped and left for dead, Bea must come to terms with her talent, learn to face her own truth, and try to help identify and stop the killer before he strikes again.Summary from GoodreadsReview |
Here’s a long overdue review. I’m so sorry for putting if off this long. I’m gonna get in and get out really fast for this. Short and to the point, maybe.Things I liked:o1. Bea’s ability.
- I thought her drawing out the truth from people was really neat, new, and rather original. Her manic thoughts as this need overcomes her and as she goes through this process is fascinating to read and the number one hook to this book. I think this is what will make people keep reading onwards in the narrative.o2. Dealing with darker themes.
- Things such as alcohol addiction, drugs, teenage pregnancy, rape, murder, are all included in here. But I thought the focus on how Bea and her family deals with her alcohol and drug addiction was strong. Bea’s constant struggle to deal with her desire to have something that’s so bad for and her parents’ constant worry, anger, desperation, and fear are all palpable, emotional, and realistic.o3. The fast and quick pace.
- Reading through this book is a breeze. The chapters are short, actively further the plot without too much filler, and are usually packed with an interesting tidbit of information, action scene, or character/emotional development either with others or their own self-growth. It helps that the actual length of this book is short as well.o4. The attempt at diversity.
- I appreciated that the author tried for diversity with having a mixed main character and a best friend who is gay. He does come off a being a token character but I’m happy that she at least gave him a halfway sort of life in the context of the story with his own personality. Down sides are that these are pretty much the only characters in this world that get much showtime.Things I didn’t like:o1. The heavy emphasis on the “dark” themes.
- Okay, sure I commend the book for tackling some difficult subjects but, yet, at the same time I feel it was quite overdone. So much of the darker aspects of the story: drug dealing, addiction, murder, rape, sex, pregnancy, etc felt overdone and forced. Like the author was trying hard to make the book more distinct and edgy from other books that the end result felt more forced than anything.
- Yeah, sure, I do not doubt the fact that these issues do occur in real life but in such a short novel, there was just too much of it. Girls doing crack in the school bus while in middle school, having their own drug dealers and what not, and using sexual advances to get what they want just did not work cohesively with the story. It was very distracting to the core plot. Not to mention the whole tone that this story is written is probably better suited for a character who is in college versus senior year in high school.
- Also, the constant use of foul, crude, and crass language bothered me quite a bit at times. It felt more there for shock and reaction and not very natural in the context of conversation.o2. Trope-y elements.
- Okay, I’m tired of the “perfect, beautiful, but bitchy” popular girl as the ones who get the shit end of the stick in books. Could we do away with this overly used method to use as a marker of distinguishment (is that even a word?) between our normal, average, but yet somehow special main characters? I do not like the comparison it creates and creates a subtle antagonistic and competitive viewpoint in both the readers and characters. We do not need to continue this portrayal.
- The female-hate. Bea is an angry person, I get it, but it wouldn’t hurt to help her foster positive relationships with other females of her age. I don’t know why it’s so popular nowadays to shun friendships of her own gender and focus mainly on the other.o3. The unconvincing romance.
- For the majority of the book, Bea has no real romantic interests pursuing her, (okay there was that one guy but he’s a bad seed which is made very obvious) and all of a sudden she has one. I’m sorry but the ending hints of the pairing for the next book is just not gonna do it for me. Sure he was very nice, patient, and supportive of her but really. There isn’t many scenes of them together to establish much of a connection or personality. Not too mention the many other OBVIOUS variables that aren’t even alluded to (age gap, imbalanced positions of status and power, his previous background relationship that have a constant and pressing effect on any relationship he has in the present and future).
Okay maybe this wasn’t so short of a review but these are my thoughts. Some very good ideas and concepts in here that I think could’ve been developed from a different angle for better execution but this is a decent enough effort. I quite love Bea’s ability though, I think it’s really neat. There are some good scenes later on that kept me glued to the pages.
Very late but better late than never.
I want to thank Goodreads’s First Reads program for sending me the book. I would never have heard of or read this book without them.Grade |