Saturday, September 17, 2011
Review of Wintertown by Stephen Emond
Author: Stephen Emond
Published by:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: Once Upon a Twilight Book Tours
Available: December 5th, 2011
Summary from Goodreads: Every winter, straight-laced, Ivy League bound Evan looks forward to a visit from Lucy, a childhood pal who moved away after her parent's divorce. But when Lucy arrives this year, she's changed. The former "girl next door" now has chopped dyed black hair, a nose stud, and a scowl. But Evan knows that somewhere beneath the Goth, "Old Lucy" still exists, and he's determined to find her... even if it means pissing her off.
Before Wintertown I had never read a young adult novel that had drawings included with the story. I really enjoyed the comic strip type depictions of various events that were occurring in the novel. It gave me a totally different perspective into the situations between Lucy and Evan and I felt I connected more with Evan and his amazing artistic ability.
While I didn't fall in love with the book from the first page it has this quality about it where it keeps nagging and pushing and eventually you can't help but like it. Evan is a very likable character...in fact I was him (well besides the man part). He was studious, volunteered, was involved in extracurricular activities and was an all around great guy. He concentrated completely on his school work and did everything to please his parents, that is until Lucy came back into town.
Lucy was a very raw character for me. I knew she was dealing with some serious baggage and yet at the most unexpected times this bright and wonderful young lady would pop out between all the grief. You could tell she really cared for Evan, she just didn't know how to show it. She was scared of not only her feelings but also about her past.
The best thing about this novel was the dialogue. It was entertaining and funny. I loved Lucy's sarcastic comments and Evan's endless babbling. It was a cute and enjoyable read that left me feeling happy.
Lastly I want to thank Once Upon a Twilight for including me in this book tour.