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Wreck by Fleur Ferris///REVIEWS///The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

I thought it’d be interesting to do reviews for as many Inky books as possible in twos = one from the Gold and one from the Silver at a time.
I read Wreck by Fleur Ferris along with The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli last year, so here are my reviews from then!

Wreck by Fleur Ferris (read 26-27/12/17):

Can now officially say that I’ve read a novel by Fleur Ferris! Contact all the news agents and the Queen! This is big news!
For a first-time author, colour me impressed. It’s a good shade for me – looks quite nice with my amused disposition.
ANYWAYYYYYY, yes. I really loved the narrative style in that like the main protagonist Tamara, you question everything that is going on to find out who exactly is lying. At times I was definitely expecting things to go South, and even perhaps (without giving away any spoilers) actually follow the other suspect’s ‘truth’. For sure was more enjoyable than those ‘mysteries’ that aren’t really mysteries because nothing actually happens till the end.
Loved the pace. Was kept on my toes (although it may have had something to do with how I may have been feeling more anxious because it was the first time I’d properly had sugar in over a month) and was pleasantly surprised the whole way through.
Good stuff.
Okay. Maybe I do have one little small thing that is actually really not such a small thing to me. WHERE ARE THE PARENTS?!!! Sure, they’re on a flight overseas, but a flight doesn’t take a whole week! Her parents as Tamara says herself would be super worried, but we never hear from them! How is that even possible? It’s not, that’s what.
They should be bashing down doors to find out what’s going on with their daughter. GEEZ.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (read 8-10/08/17):

I don’t know why exactly, but I don’t really find myself connecting with Becky Albertalli’s writing. I love that Molly’s family is such an important part of the story, and that there is great representation of the LGBTQIA+ community, but other than that, I just feel a bit ‘meh’ about the book.
For me, finding a book that you like is all about having a good connection with it – having the right feelings and points of view at the exact time you read that book. It’s like a 1 in a million chance. That’s where judging a book for its narrative, its characterisation and world-building comes into play.
And oh gosh, I still feel bad about saying this, but it didn’t do that for me. I didn’t mind the characters or the plot, but I was missing that ‘wow’ factor.
Nonetheless, for the contemporary fans out there, I would 100% recommend this one. Like I said, sometimes it’s all about how you’re feeling when you’re reading a book, so I definitely know its something that thousands of other readers will enjoy and fangirl/boy over!

My reflection on those two books NOW:
I still completely stand by what I wrote in both of the reviews for those two books. However, I may have actually been even a little too lenient with ‘The Upside of Unrequited.’ Although I remember ‘Wreck’ as if I read it yesterday, I literally remember nothing about Becky Albertalli’s book. I remember writing that review though, and feeling that I was being kind of lenient with it but not wanting to offend anyone. I would never completely trash a book or anything (that’s never called for), but I don’t know. I felt kind of guilty writing the review both in the not being honest with myself sense and also the guilty bc I could still offend someone sense.
I don’t think Becky Albertalli’s writing will ever be something I will connect with unfortunately, but on the other hand Fleur Ferris is someone I would come back to again and again. I absolutely LIVED for Wreck.

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