Published by Faber & Faber on February 16th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Love & Romance
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I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
“The Breakfast Club” gets a modern, high-stakes reboot in this story of four very different teens and a night that changes them forever.
The Rebel: Once popular, Andi is now a dreadlocked, tattooed wild child.
The Bully: York torments everyone who crosses his path, especially his younger brother.
The Geek: Tired of being bullied, Boston is obsessed with getting into an Ivy League college.
The Pariah: Choosing to be invisible has always worked for Sam . . . until tonight.
When Andi, York, Boston, and Sam find themselves hiding in the woods after a party gets busted by the cops, they hop into the nearest car they see and take off—the first decision of many in a night that will change their lives forever. By the light of day, these four would never be caught dead together, but when their getaway takes a dangerously unpredictable turn, sticking together could be the only way to survive.
With cinematic storytelling and compelling emotional depth, critically acclaimed author Erin Jade Lange takes readers on literary thrill ride.
I was expecting so much from this book…seeing the comparison to “The Breakfast Club” in the synopsis….I was all for it! But, I was a little let down. Though, I want to make it clear…just because I was let down doesn’t mean this book wasn’t good!
- I did enjoy the characters. I loved hearing each one of their stories and I wanted to keep getting to know them. The author did a good job of showcasing each personal story. Each character added so much to the story and I really enjoyed that aspect.
- The fact that this story was different than what I had expected. I expected something light, like “The Breakfast Club” but this one was definitely something more. It was a shock, but a nice shock. There were some twist and turns and those kept me at the edge of my seat.
- The writing. I finished this book in a day due to how well it was written. It kept me intrigued and it was just easy to read.
- The different times. It was before, during, and after. Getting different parts of what happened was something refreshing and I enjoyed that very much.
- Now, I did say I enjoyed the characters, but I didn’t connect with them. I loved getting to know more about them, but I didn’t connect on the level I wanted to.
- The comparison to “The Breakfast Club.” I expected so much from that comparison and it did give in some ways, but to me it fell in more.
The not-so good:
- The decision making…I get it, people make bad decisions sometimes, but some of the decisions made by the characters…just no. They made me so mad and I couldn’t deal.
- That even though we got backstory it was only one POV. The other three characters were told by the narrator and I didn’t enjoy that. I loved the backstory, but I wish I could have heard their own stories. This is a book I wish had more POVs.
If you want a quick read that keeps you on your toes…pick this one up!