A Really Awesome Mess - YA Review by Madeline L

Reader: Madeline L.
Age: 12
Title: A Really Awesome Mess
Author: Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Pub Date: 07/23/13
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: This is a good book. The way it's written has you loving and hating every person at the same time.  One minute you'll be wanting them to kiss, the next absolutely despising the idea.  It is a book that rotates chapters and the way you hear what happens from two perspectives intrigues me to read all day.  It's a nearly impossible book to put down.  Although I cannot relate to any parts, I feel like it's me.  The book had a great realistic feel that I can never forget.
Memorable or Forgettable: One thing I definitely can't forget, and in a way can understand, is how one minute the characters would be ripping each other's heads off and the next minute they were a united force.  Just so interesting!
Cover: I love the cover because it has a simple yet packed feel - very interesting.  However, it only represents half the story.
Age Range: 12 through 16
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 3P Some teen appeal
Annotation:  Two teenagers, Justin and Emmy, arrive at Heartland Academy (a school saying it will "fix them").  While despising the school, they become friends and make plans to bust out of the school, if just for one night.

tags:  coming of age / ya lit

No comments: