Feel in need of a kick start this Monday morning, to get you into the week? Take a tip from Turbo Hound here 🙂 dogs doing weird things – always get a chuckle from me. Hope you have a nice week!
I’ve just been mooching around Goodreads, pretending I’m doing something productive with this Saturday morning, and I saw this book in one of the sidebars. It just had to be clicked, for the little reader inside me…
Apart from sharing my name with the author – which was very exciting for me when I was eleven years old! – this was one of the first books I read that ‘sucker punched’ me at the end, with the twist. These days I would probably see it coming a mile away, because I’ve read lots of books in the years in between and can hopefully see the breadcrumbs authors drop in for you, but I always remember this book as the one that made me go – “Wow – I didn’t see that coming.”
At eleven years old, although I’d read a lot, there had not been much with a misleading narrator, where their point of view limits the reality of the story. Nowadays, I still love this as a device…because no matter how hard you try – you always want to believe the character you’re reading about, you want to believe that they see everything. Between 11 and 13 Point Horror books became my go-to choice for what would probably be considered tween or young YA thrillers these days. Tankersley Cusick remained one of my favourite authors in this series as well – but after reading ‘The Lifeguard’ I’ve always remained suspicious about narrators and authors themselves, I suppose…
So it gets 5* from me – for my eleven year old self 🙂
Like many ladies, I’m not averse to a good slice of man totty livening up the pages of a book – although unfortunately, no matter how lovely Mr Darcy, Edward or any of them may seem, in reality, you’re more likely to meet one of these guys above, than one of our fictional lovelies.
But, as it’s Valentine’s Day, we can pretend can’t we? So, what kind of chap do we like to see in our books?
A lot of YA books still have the ‘Mr Darcy’ types in place: they are protective, a little aloof and can clash with their leading ladies…I’m thinking Four from Divergent, maybe Edward Cullen (although he has mildly stalker-ish tendencies), Lucas from Easy… Would you include Peeta in this group? He’s always putting Katniss first, even when she doesn’t realise it – shades of Elizabeth Bennett?
Then again – your ‘bad boys’ are still popular too: Patch from Hush, Hush has plenty of fans, and Travis from Beautiful Disaster sits firmly on the wrong side of the street with his anger management issues and cage fighting antics.
Where would Mr Gray fit into things? I have to admit, I haven’t read the books, not really able to get through the opening pages in the kindle preview…but he’s certainly made an impact on many ladies out there, judging by the number of copies the Fifty Shades books sold!
So, how about you? Settling down with a book boyfriend this Friday – tell me who! 🙂