Sunday, September 28, 2014

For Your TBR Pile - Wildlife

By Fiona Wood
Published: September 16,  Little, Brown (Poppy)

From GoodReads: During a semester in the wilderness, sixteen-year-old Sib expects the tough outdoor education program and the horrors of dorm life, but friendship drama and an unexpected romance with popular Ben Capaldi? That will take some navigating.

New girl Lou has zero interest in fitting in, or joining in. Still reeling from a loss that occurred almost a year ago, she just wants to be left alone. But as she witnesses a betrayal unfolding around Sib and her best friend Holly, Lou can't help but be drawn back into the land of the living.

Thank you LBKids for the eARC!

My Thoughts:

Some of my favorite stories have come from Australian writers (Kirsty Eagar, Cath Crowley, Melina Marchetta), and I am so happy to include this one on that list. Told in duel POV, Sib and Lou tell their stories from an outdoor education camp. Popular Sib is still adjusting to her newfound popularity while new girl Lou tries to find her footing in starting over with a broken heart.

I loved getting Sib's POV from her first person narrative, while Lou's was written like journal entries. In the beginning, Lou's chapters come across as distant and a bit confusing at times, but she warms up. Sib also comes across as excitable and jumpy--a bit hard to grasp onto at first, but as the drama at school unfolds, she shows her depth.

I really liked the questions this book tackled about friendship and first love. And I felt like this book examined boundaries very well--How far do we let someone push us before they cross a line, especially if that person is someone we trusted? Who do we let into the most private areas of our lives?

As a picky thing: I had a hard time with some of the Australian words, only because I'm not familiar, but it didn't pull me out of the story too much.

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