“Look at that and tell me what you see.”
“A half-empty cup of coffee.”
“I see a half-full mug of coffee.” He smiled triumphantly, like he’d just said something profound.
“And that’s why you’ll die before I do.”
I can honestly say I don’t remember what compelled me to pick this book up at the library. Actually, I put the book on hold, which means somewhere I saw this book and thought I needed to read it – but, asking myself “why?” now isn’t bringing anything to mind. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter why I picked it up, because I enjoyed it regardless of the situation.
I read this book on a round trip into the city (3 hrs. total) – if you’re a commuter or you have some travelling ahead of you and you can enjoy reading on whatever transportation you’re on, this is a good book to pick up. It’s a super easy read both in terms of reading level and content. It’s well written, but it isn’t challenging. In fact, I was able to continue following the story even when the train car I was on was suddenly PACKED TO THE BRIM with elementary school kids on a day trip. (Why?! Why MY train car?!?!?!)
Anyhow, this book is set in Vancouver (which I always find interesting as when I live in Canada BC is my province of residence) and it follows Petula – a high school student who is dealing with some serious fallout after the death of her younger sister. There’s a fun rag-tag group of people around her with their own unique quirks and characteristics that are constantly challenging Petula and the way she lives her life.
That author, Susin Nielsen, was a writer for Degrassi Junior High. The way Nielsen tells this story is certainly reminiscent of what you could see on a teen targeted show. It’s simply a cute story but it has some unique qualities that did set it apart from a lot of other YA books out there. (Have you seen my ranting post on YA novels?)
All in all, like I said, if you need some easy entertainment, definitely worth a pick up.
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