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Review: One by Sarah Crossan

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from Bloomsbury Publishing via Netgalley. This review is my honest opinion.

One is a story told in the point of view of Grace, a girl who's conjoined to her sister. Due to financial difficulties, Grace and her twin Tippi can no longer be home schooled and are enrolled in a public school. They dread being stared at and talked about for being different.

The blurb was what initially drew my interest to this book. Being a twin, I could understand how close of a bond you can have with your sister but I could not imagine what it'd be like to be literally joined at the hip. This book covered a lot of things I was wondering about and more about Siamese twins. I appreciated that it was realistic and not overly dramatic.

I thought the verse format really made the story flow nicely and it was amazing how choice words by the author conveyed so much. However, because of the length of the writing, I didn't believe in the love story line, which felt kind of depthless seeing as we were not privy to many of their conversations and interactions and Grace merely states her quick forming feelings. That was only a small part of the novel though. The main focus was the bond between Grace and Tippi. They were dealt some unfavourable cards and had to face a life changing choice. By the end of the book I was heartbroken. One was a short read but it was one with insight and impact.

Review: Summer of Yesterday by Gaby Triana

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Haley is not looking forward to spending time with her father and her stepmom at Disney Fort Wilderness when she'd much rather spend summer with her friends back in her hometown Jupiter. Her father and stepmom decide to keep a close eye on her after Haley had a seizure a few months earlier. One night Haley goes on a scavenger hunt with some new friends in the abondoned River Country waterpark, experiences her second seizure and when she gains consciousness she realises she's been transported 30ish years back to the past, when River Country was open for business.

I loved the setting of this book. It was based on an actual place so it was cool to discover its existence and a bit about its history. The contrast between the fashion and technology in the 80s and now was interesting and I liked how Haley came to appreciate the park which stored so many memories for her father. Romance was a big part of the story but it was a little dramatic seeing as it only spanned three days. The ending chapters could've had a bigger impact if there was more time to develop it. Overall, Summer of Yesterday was a fun and enjoyable story with a hint of bittersweetness.