Release Date: January 8th 2013 (Wellp. Guess I kind of missed the point of the ADVANCED reviewer’s copy…)
(1/5) Overall Impression (As per the “Did Not Finish” (DNF))
In a Nutshell: Just don’t bother. I’m usually on the fence about McMann books in general, but I just couldn’t push myself through this one. My grandma read it though, when I accidentally left it at her house one night… Not sure how she felt about it.
Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.
What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode…and nine body bags in the snow.
The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more shesees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember.
Ah, how I’ve missed writing reviews.
*stretches back in a hammock on a warm summer night*
But not really because it’s March in Canada.
So I turned to my phone to check the few notes that I bothered writing about this book, and it literally reads as such:
-Main character is bland and uninteresting
-The visions are lame, unrealistic, and meatball-themed
-Love the gay brother
– Note: He is the only thing I love
I don’t really think I can summarize this book any more concisely than that. Our protagonist was a pessimistic, socially anxious teenager who seemed to be afraid of communication and sharing her thoughts with anyone or anything. Her hobbies include uselessly pining over a guy who she could literally walk over and talk to if she wanted, working at her parent’s Italian Restaurant, and not spending as much time with her Fabulous brother as she should be, because he was the only interesting part in the book.
The whole concept of the “some external force is making me have visions” literally made me want to just slam the book shut. Maybe it’s because my literary tastes have been starting to mature lately, but I just had no patience for this book, or any of the characters in it. (Except the brother. Hail to the meatball truck, girlfriend.)
The character development was weak, the plot line flat, the general concept boring, and the story was weakly framed. If you see this book on the shelves, keep walking.
(PS: Not going to bother with the full rating for a DNF review). x