Year Of Publication: May 16th 2019.
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK Children’s
Pages: Paperback, 432 pages.
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
Jenn Bennett has been on of my favorite contemporary writers. Her books are either a hit or a miss of me. But the ones i do love are like biiiiiiiiiig hits. So this one brings the count to 2 loved and added to all time fav… 2 are just tolerable, in the middle. This one fell in the latter category.
One of the things I love about Jenn B’s books are that they are so darn atmospheric and they build up the environment around the story so much, that’s one of the things I love about night owls. And this one was no different. I loved show she portrayed Seattle, the water front, the city and the houses. The night time scenes, the ferry rides, the diner. It just add so much to the story, and makes it so much more fun for me. So yeah it gets a lot of points for that.
The story had Nancy Drew-esque sleuth-y vibes to it. Centered around a mystery and a girl who loves playing detective, added another atmospheric charm to the story; filled with suspense and intrigue.
Birdie was a flawed character and something really hard to agree with. But she loved books (ding ding) and was so awkward (again ding ding). Love these two facts, she is struggling through out the story and I love that her arc progresses and she does deal with her life and issues in a positive way so yay her!
This book is incredibly diverse and deal with mental health and disabled people issue. And that was done really well. Also its sex positive and deal with it in a normal way. And I like how it’s spoken about in Jenn’s books, and talked about other than being treated like a taboo.
My problems came with the pacing. Sometimes it got a little too slow and boring. I can’t decide if it was the book or the fact that publishers decide to provide PDF earc that makes the process 100% excruciating, because PDF are so rigid in their formats and they don’t adhere to any of my read apps on the phone or my laptop. Ugh. But I think the books does become too long at some point for a contemporary, it’s 400+ pages longs and takes a while to build up and the pace goes up and down a lot.
Also sadly I didn’t feel the romance at all too.
But all in all it was an enjoyable read for me. The mystery, sleuthing, world building, food talk, quirky characters and cats kept me going.