Tuesday, 10 November 2015

BOOK REVIEW! Home? By Liza Wiemer


Title: Hello?
Author: Liza Wiemer
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Release Date: November 10th 2015
Plot: One HELLO? can change a life. One HELLO? can save a life.

Tricia: A girl struggling to find her way after her beloved grandma's death.
Emerson: A guy who lives his life to fulfill promises, real and hypothetical.
Angie: A girl with secrets she can only express through poetry.
Brenda: An actress and screenplay writer afraid to confront her past.
Brian: A potter who sets aside his life for Tricia, to the detriment of both.

Linked and transformed by one phone call, Hello? weaves together these five Wisconsin teens' stories into a compelling narrative of friendship and family, loss and love, heartbreak and healing, serendipity, and ultimately hope.

Told from all five viewpoints: narration (Tricia), narration (Emerson), free verse poetry (Angie), screenplay format (Brenda), narration and drawings (Brian)
This book was so beautifully written. The way this author told the story of these five teens, was so unparalleled to anything I've ever read before.

Review:
* I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was so beautifully written. The way this author told the story of these five teens was so unparalleled to anything I've ever read before.

From the beginning of this book to the last, you're given very dark content.  It discusses many traumatic situations that these characters have endorsed. The story showcases the strength we have to overcome these moments, and how they don't define us. I definitely think the author got that message acrossed.

Unfortunately, I couldn't connect to the characters on an emotional level. With a story like this, it is really important to feel 100% sympathetic for them. I do wish we could have explored more about their lives, instead of focusing a lot on their troubles. Especially from the character, Angie. I really wanted more from her, and because her chapters were in poetry, it didn't allow for that to happen.

My personal disconnect from the story doesn't take away from the fact that this author wrote a very important story. I know so many people have loved this book, and I don't doubt many others will too.

Overall, this is an influential debut YA novel. It shines a light on lifes wonderful miracles!

                              ⭐⭐⭐

- Nicole

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