Backlash - Sarah Darer Littman
This book had an immersive writing style which had me hooked from the off, and although I bought this on a whim, I'm so glad I did. The four voices gave an insight into the story as a whole which took Backlash to another level, making me as a reader feel almost voyeuristic.
A gripping YA read.
Favourite character - Liam
Goodbye Stranger - Rebecca Stead
Goodbye Stranger wasn't a book I'd heard of until YA author Keris Stainton posted a photo of its cover in her favourite books of 2015 photo on instagram.
I bought this book blindly, on that recommendation alone, and in doing so stumbled on a book which is difficult to categorise. It's contemporary, set in New York and has multiple narrators - Bridge, who's life has been impacted by an accident, Sherm who's experiencing feelings of love for the first time and a mysterious high school student struggling with Valentine's Day. Beyond that it's a lot about feeling and emotion, finding yourself and being who you were born to be.
Whilst I did enjoy Goodbye Stranger and thought it tackled relevant subjects such as sexting, divorce and identity, I'm unsure who the target readership is. In fact, I noticed it was shelved in both MG and YA when I was in America (personally, I think some of the themes are too mature for many MG readers).
It's a well written book, but it lacked something for me - I think I'd have preferred the story to have been told through the voices of Bridge and her immediate friendship group rather than the chosen narrators.
Favourite character - Bridge
I'm going to have to do at least one more of these posts before I get back to normal reviews and start on my 2016 books - this is definitely the down side of going on holiday!!!