Author: Alison Ashley Formento
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Merit Press
Length: 272 pages
Original Publishing Date: September 18th, 2013
Where I got it: NetGalley
Links: Goodreads Amazon Author's Website
Synopsis from Goodreads:
"One pint-sized girl. Ten supersized crises. And it’s high noon.
call her “Twigs,” because she’ll never hit five feet tall. Although she
was born early, and a stiff breeze could knock her over, Twigs has a
mighty spirit. She needs it, as life throws a whole bucket of rotten
luck at her: Dad’s an absentee drunk; Mom’s obsessed with her new deaf
boyfriend (and Twigs can’t tell what they’re saying to each other).
Little sister Marlee is trying to date her way through the entire high
school; Twigs’ true love may be a long-distance loser after a single
week away at college, and suddenly, older brother Matt is missing in
Iraq. It all comes together when a couple of thugs in a drugstore aisle
lash out, and Twigs must fight to save the life of the father who denied
Main characters: 2/5
Okay, can I just get a nitpick out of the way? "Twigs"? Really? Beyond her ridiculous nickname, Twigs is an abnormally short teenager trying to get through a tough patch. She was fiery and sharp; sometimes a little too fiery for her own good. I liked her flaws and weaknesses, but ultimately she was pretty unremarkable.
Secondary characters: 3/5
I LOVED Coop. He was such an asshole, but that made him intriguing. He had a way with words and using them to get himself into trouble. The rest of the secondary cast was slightly larger-than-life. They were ridiculous and over-the-top. Particularly Helen, Stu and Dink. Again, I liked that none of these characters were perfectly, or even likeable at times. You go through hating every character here. Sometimes that over-the-top aspect went a little too far where you think, would this really happen?
Writing style: 3.5/5
I am a fan of Formento's writing style: her descriptions are accurate, detailed and often funny. Her dialogue is clever, witty and realistic. Overall, her writing style is mature and subtle, but also youthful. The only problem is that I was not interested in what I was reading. Part of that was that the pacing of the story dragged. A lot. It made it difficult to get through the book.
I could feel the small town setting coming through the writing and I was fascinated by Twigs' description of her neighbors, her job, everything. However, the plot combined with the pacing just fell a little flat. I'm not exactly sure what it was either. I think part of it may have been that Formento was trying to cover a lot of different crises' in Twigs' life and the reader gets pulled around a lot and we don't focus much on any conflict.
The ending itself was sweet and had a good wrap up. However, there were a couple things that didn't get the attention they deserved, and some that really needed to be addressed (Brady).
Best scene: The climax scene at the pharmacy
Positives: The writing, some of the ridiculous situations, the unique setting and plot points, Coop
Negatives: Pacing, unmemorable main character, her name, pacing, not enough attention to some details at the end
Cover: The photo itself is pretty but I don't like the font
Verdict: Unique setting and characters don't save this book from the dragging writing style
Rating: 5.8/10 (3 stars)
Your Thoughts: Have you read it? What did you think? If you haven't, will you be adding it to your TBR list? Let me know!