Fifteen-year-old Silver Abelli’s life has been as tumultuous as the punk rock she was raised on. Her divorced parents just don’t get along, even though they’re both musicians who stubbornly spurn the mainstream but secretly crave the limelight. Silver has always lived with her mom, Nicola, but when Nicola is diagnosed with a brain tumour, she must go to live with her obnoxious, hard-partying father, Renz. It’s a really bad time to fall in love, so you can pretty much bet that Silver will.
Enter Jake Sullivan…
I rarely read Young Adult books, always assuming that I’m too grown up and too sensible for all that teenage angst and silliness. 😉 When I was contacted by the author about reading and reviewing her novel, my initial thoughts were a speedy thanks but no thanks. Instead I read the Kindle sample and decided that I quite liked it and took the YA plunge.
I actually enjoyed being a part of this very dysfunctional family with all their up and downs. I liked Silver, she’s a brilliant character, so independent, standing out from the crowd partly because of being home-schooled, but also because she dresses in vintage clothes. I enjoyed her relationship with Jake, who I though was a lovely young man. Her cousin Natalie, also her best friend, is great fun. I also liked her Grampa and Grandma.
I really didn’t like Renz Silver’s Dad, who was so selfish, and obviously still hadn’t grown up, no wonder Silver was so embarrassed of him! I’m not too sure how I felt about her mother Nicola, as she behaved a bit like a teenager at times, especially when she was medicated as a result of the brain tumour operation.
Yes there was lots of teenage angst and not just from Silver, but from her parents! There was also a very dark moment in the book quite near the end that made me gasp out loud. I really wasn’t expecting it, and it took the story in a completely different direction.
I’d definitely recommend this if you enjoy YA especially with a bit of a darker slant to it.
Thanks so much to Kelly Wittman for getting in contact and providing me with a digital copy of her book.