Thursday, May 12, 2016

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Spectacle, Angie McCullagh

I'll begin by saying that I downloaded this book for free while it was available for Amazon Kindle. I took great pleasure in reading Spectacle by Angie McCullagh, even though I'm not a particularly huge enthusiast of some Young Adult novels. I've developed a certain taste for the genre after reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, but I've been disappointed so many times by other books that I've learned to expect nothing from YA.

Spectacle is an enchanting novel about the things that adolescents nowadays face while growing up. The book deals with the story of two girlfriends, Emily, and Trix. They've been friends since they were in the 6th grade, but I can't figure out what made them stick together for such a long time. Trix is on the wild side of things, with a mother that's not in the least interested in the well-being of her daughter. On the other hand, Emily comes from a happy, wealthy environment composed of her natural father and her step-mother, Melissa. Melissa is doing pretty much anything she can in order to be friendly to Emily, but being a teen isn't easy, and so the relationship between the two is a bit complicated.

To sum up, the story isn't necessarily something I haven't seen in other YA novels. However, the writing was exceptional, and I was gripped all throughout the book, which is something that happens very rarely with me. Angie McCullagh did an excellent job at depicting the teenage angst some of us might suffer at some point or the other. She also managed to emphasize the struggles of keeping friendships intact, what with all the new temptations and experiences that come up around the ages of 16 or 17.

I gave this book 5 stars out of 5 on Goodreads, and I regret nothing. It's probably the best free Kindle book that I've read this year.

1 comment :

  1. Oh my gosh, I just stumbled upon your review and I wanted to say thank you very much! I really appreciate your reading Spectacle and leaving me a review as well. :) My new work in progress is almost ready.

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