My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: HBG Canada
Published: October 1st, 2019
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, LGBTQIA+. Romance, Mental Illness, Family, Friendship, Siblings, Summer
Character-driven stories are tricky. It may take time to recognize them for what they are. In the beginning, we all expect some kind of plotline to unfurl. But slowly we realize that the story is the protagonists and that we better love them, otherwise we might just put the book down right away.
Thankfully, I enjoyed Violet’s voice. She is a three-dimensional character through and through. She’s not easy to understand at times, but she does try to open up to the new friends she makes on the island as well as to us, the reader. Her complexity and unapologetic imperfection are what drew me to her.
Her love for her family and her desire to understand herself and the world around her made me feel connected to her. If this connection hadn’t happened, and I wouldn’t have been able to see where Violet is coming from, it’s possible I would have put the book down. Orion and Liv are strong secondary characters but it’s important for me to form a bond with the main protagonist.
The reason why I’m saying that, had Violet not been so interesting, I would not have been able to finish this book is because not much happens. Already you must assume this if I said this was a character-driven story, but really Violet’s goal is to find a ship that was apparently wrecked centuries ago and she spends a lot, lot of time on this project.
It can get dull. Thank God for the entertaining and meaningful interactions between Orion & Violet, Orion & Liv and Violet & Liv. Ah, I should warn you. There is a love-triangle. I did not mind it because it was quite intense and kept me guessing. And hey, I might just re-evaluate my general dislike of this trope after this.
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