Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Review of AWAKEN by Katie Kacvinsky

AWAKEN by Katie Kacvinsky. The writing in this novel is excellent. The word-craft of some of the phrases is so lush and gorgeous, it makes you want to read the sentences over and over. Kacvinsky really knows how to bring all of the senses to life through her writing, especially in the passages where Maddie is experiencing new things for the first time—like fire, or kissing ;)

The characters were extremely well developed too. Everything about Maddie’s relationship with Justin felt real. So many romantic leads in YA literature are one dimensional, but both Justin and Maddie felt psychologically complex, and their emotional growth throughout the novel felt natural and realistic—both their connection with each other, and their individual growth. The emotional tension of their relationship was the best part of the novel.

Also, can I just say, I love this cover! This is the perfect example of a concept cover that works well on many levels 1) it's lush and gorgeous, 2) it's unique from other YA covers and 3) the image of growing flower that is stopped up in a jar is an excellent metaphor for Maddie's life. Plus I love the greens and gold/yellow tones mix.

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