Seashell Reviews

Seashell Reviews [4]

No time to track down full reviews of YA books? Seashell Reviews offers bite-size thoughts to let you know which books you shouldn’t pass up, and which ones you can hold off for another day. Original titled blog feature by Angel @ Mermaid Vision Books.

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Greg is taken aback by news of an old acquaintance’s illness in this kooky novel from Jesse Andrews, and readers might be similarly surprised by Andrews’ writing style and humour. Crude retorts may fly fast and furious between Greg and Earl, but there is a fierce heart to this story that won’t be ignored. This is a book for readers who aren’t up for the intensity and (dare I say it?) hipster quality of The Fault in Our Stars. (Disclaimer: I LOVED that book.)

Pride and Prejudice sweeps into YA with this adorable retelling from Claire LaZebnik. Her creativity with the tropes of Austen’s work is both entertaining and heartwarming, with characters that burrow into one’s heart as easily as Darcy and Elizabeth do. The realistic dialogue was my favourite part of the novel, as well as the high SA-WOON factor that Derek Edwards brings to the table. Elise Benton is a heroine to watch, and I can only wish for more of her perceptive voice.

With such a high-octane plot, you’d think Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick would be a lot thicker than it is. Unfortunately, the plot suffers from that lack of length, barely wrapping up the story in 190 pages. As much as I appreciate quick, light reads, this was a book that didn’t seem to believe enough in itself to keep going. Gobi Zaksauskas was a great character, but I never felt like I could know her and understand her, despite Perry’s automatic attachment. Definitely not a book to read when you’re looking for complex twists and turns, but perhaps one for the reluctant reader in your life.

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4 replies »

  1. I love this feature. I’ve been thinking about checking out Me, Earl, and the Dying girl. Plus I love the description “This is a book for readers who aren’t up for the intensity and (dare I say it?) hipster quality of The Fault in Our Stars.”

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