Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Published: May 12, 2015 by: Wendy Lamb Books
Rating: 4/5 stars
Stewart is a child genius, always excelling and always trying to find the good in people. Ashley is the popular teenager, who wants the perfect boyfriend more than the perfect grade. When Stewart and Ashley are brought together through their parent's marriage. Ashley is trying everything to avoid her annoying new little brother. However the two will find that in times of trouble, they will have to rely on family to get through.
This book was such a refreshing, light read and a breath of fresh air from what I normally read. Most contemporary I tend to go for contains a main romantic relationship and/or dark themes. However this book's main relationship was between siblings, something that frequently goes unnoticed in YA.
First off, it was great to read a book by a Canadian author. I believe that this was the first Canadian YA I've ever read, and so it brought a sense of pride to me. I've read one other Susin Nielsen book when I was younger, and I've really loved her use of humour and light/airy subjects. While this book was more dramatic, it didn't feel overbearing.
I loved one of the mains in this book, Stewart. He was absolutely adorable, and I loved his positivity. I thought that for a child being the main character, Nielsen still did a great job at capturing a young adult vibe. It didn't seem too childish.
I guess the main problem I had with this book was Ashley. She was so naive, immature, and quite ignorant. I felt as if she would have gotten into a lot less trouble if she listened to the people who cared about her, and I found that she only truly learned her lesson when Stewart helped her out of a potentially horrible situation. I just couldn't connect with her.
I thought that the plot of this book was lovely, it was very easy to get through and quite simple. However this could have been also a negative because I didn't find it very engaging. I could have been flat at times.
Overall, a very easy to follow book with a great message about the importance of family. However if you're looking for something very action-packed or suspenseful, then this wouldn't be for you.
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Emily @ Paperback Princess