Author: Non Pratt
Publisher: Barrington Stoke
Genre: contemporary, slight mystery, fiction
This is about a group of five friends who were very good friends in school but life happens and they slowly drift apart. But they make a pact and fill a box with things from their friendship and promise to find the box and open when they are eighteen together. However, will they all be there and are there too many memories attached.
Style of Writing:
I love Non’s style its simple with a beautiful flow. Plus in this book she doesn’t give a lot of description so you imagine the park scenario in your head. It was made for reluctant readers which is great because we need more of these kinda books for those readers. Being a dyslexic and dyspraxic person I don’t think I have trouble reading cause I read loads but I read super slow but not this book managed it in one sitting that was for me because of the layout. By the way this is a real achievement for me that’s why I’m telling you.
Obviously the big theme is friendship which I loved because she explored it in so many way with all of the characters. I think its really important explore those childhood friendships and how they evolve. I have kept most of mine which is kinda strange but I guess that’s cause I still live in my home-town. Also the narrator Alix is a lesbian which she ties really well into the development of your friendship with people and how hard it is to know what the reaction will be. It was done super respectfully.
Wow this was the biggest mix of personalities I have ever seen in a book. Its really hard to pick a favourite character because I really liked most of them apart from Ash. He was the biggest assehole on the planet so glad she dumped him. (Lol when you talk about characters like you are talking about your friends!). So favourite would have to be Ben he was so sweet and lovely he just sounded like a cuddly bear and I love characters like that because I’m like that. Really liked Alix and her narration she really kept the pace of the story going. I was also expecting her and Millie to have a relationship was so disappointed there wasn’t. Zara I didn’t like through most of the book then she became empowered I was like YEAH GIRL! YOU DON’T TAKE CRAP FROM ANYONE! Dean was an interesting character it felt like you wanted to feel sorry for him but you didn’t quite understand him. So I would have liked even more about his backstory. Millie although not really present much was still such a powerful voice.
I really enjoyed this short read it was funny, exciting, thrilling and heartbreaking just basically filled with emotion. I loved the concept of friends reuniting long time after school because its so interesting to see how people develop over time and if they change or not its so fascinating. I also loved how throughout the story through all the characters their history mattered more than the present especially true with Zara. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars I just wanted a bit more of a twist and generally want it a bit longer. Overall, a great read for reluctant, dyslexic and dyspraxic readers filled with emotion and love. Loved it!
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