Monday, 13 January 2014

Book Review: In The Middle of Nowhere by Julie Ann Knudsen

Title: In The Middle of Nowhere
Author: Julie Ann Knudsen
Pages: 348
Format: Kindle Ebook
Goodreads Rating: 3.30/5
My Rating: 5/10

Synopsis from Goodreads

Butterflies. Little, fluttering butterflies. That’s what fifteen-year-old Willow Flynn feels in the pit of her stomach every time the mysterious boy is near. But Willow has other things to contend with as she deals with the tragic loss of her father, as well as her emotionally preoccupied mother, while being uprooted to a new house, a new school, a new life, far away, on an island, in the middle of nowhere.

At the beginning of the school year, the sickly, but cute Michael sends Willow the first of many cryptic notes during homeroom. He stares at Willow and gives her the creeps. Michael never returns to school after that, but Willow ends up connecting with the poetic boy on-line where they strike up an unusual friendship.

As Willow attempts to fit in and find her niche in the ever-cliquey high school world, she is further confused by Michael who strives to win her over and mend her broken heart. But will he be able to, especially when his own existence remains so uncertain?


Note: This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

It took me a while to organise my thoughts for this book, because quite honestly I didn't know at first what I thought of it.
The storyline is good, and I had high hopes going into it, and then I started reading and was pretty impressed. I liked the writing style, thought that the pacing was pretty good and I enjoyed reading it. However there were some parts that I found hard to get into.
The main source of my problem simply stems from the fact that I didn't like the main character Willow much at all. I was constantly reading and wanting to scream at her as she made a series of bad decisions, and in the end it made me want to put the book down for a while. I just found her to be quite annoying and that got on my nerves.
On the other hand there was Michael, who wasn't part of her bad decisions and in fact was a good influence on her. However I didn't feel like we got to know him enough in this to form a proper connection, or to believe the connection that Willow forms for him, because they don't actually spend that much time together, and we don't get to read their conversations on the phone etc... I just felt like the relationship between them could have been developed a little more, so that the readers could get more attached to the characters.
Other than this I did like the book. Like I mentioned above, the storyline was good and there was a tonne of potential in it. I enjoyed see Willow grow towards the end of the book, and I'm hoping this will continues in the sequel.
Overall it's a pretty good book, even though in parts I found the main character to be hard to read.

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