Monday, October 22, 2012

REVIEW: Something of a Kind by Miranda Wheeler

Recap:

Moving in with her estranged father following the death of her beloved mother, Aly is feeling lost and alone. Noah has a horrific home life and just yearns for a getaway. Meeting in a diner, they both find that something they’ve been missing. A quest to explain the impossible will bring them together and give them the courage to face their fathers who are adamant they let well enough alone and go their separate ways.

Title:  Something of a Kind
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  Miranda Wheeler
Approximate Book Length:  378 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  13+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

This is a multifaceted story. The romance was sweet and endearing, the mystery interesting and fun, but the home situations for both characters is just heartbreaking and depressing. It definitely gets some emotional investment from readers. We get closure on many aspects and there appears to maybe even be an opportunity for a sequel, but the ending felt a tad anticlimactic despite that.

Fundamentally, I like that the characters' points of view are separated by chapters, leaving no question who’s thinking what. That being said, I think there’s room for growth (but the author’s in high school, so props to her already and there’s plenty of time to get even better!). There were some slips between first and third person narration, some slow points, and the fact that the characters referred to pretty much everybody (including their parents most of the time) by name made it a little difficult to follow along the who’s who at times.

However the best part is probably Noah and Aly themselves. Personally, I believe it’s a bit unrealistic that a 17 and 18 year old would behave so chastely with only a few stolen kisses, but it’s also refreshing. They’re relatable; their fears and doubts about themselves and each other regarding their relationship is very authentic. They together were the highlight of the book.

In Conclusion:

A tale to tug the heartstrings, Something of a Kind is a sweet and mysterious read. There’s some coming of age elements and some perseverance in the face of adversity elements that make this a good YA read.

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2 comments:

  1. Great post! I loved your review - very intriguing and you made some really awesome points! Thank you so much for participating in the tour! :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! The actual tour post will be up momentarily :-)

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