1.20.2015

Book Review // Tape by Steven Camden


I have vowed myself to read a lot of books this year. Mainly, my 2015 Goodreads challenge is to complete 10 books (yes my hopes are certainly high like this) so I am going to read them all, in a quality manner. YAY!!!

The first book I finished in this reading game is Tape by Steven Camden. I got it from Karachi book fair. To be completely honest, I was so tempted by the cute cover, illustration and an unexpected excerpt I fell in love with.
But was that worth it?
I guess.

This book revolves around three characters (Ameliah, Ryan, and Eva). But only Ameliah is living in the present while Ryan and Eve are characters from the past. They all share a relation which is defined afterward in the book. I mean, in the very end of the book where you could easily figure everything out on your own.

S T O R Y:
Ameliah is living with her grandma after her parents died. As miserable as she could be, her social life is equivalent to nothing, except a few friends. One day she finds out some old tapes in her mom's possessions and she starts learning about the love story of her parents. Who fell in love unexpectedly and unconditionally. In between, she learns to live her life back and figures out new things about her family.


Tape is written in the best writing manner I could ever read in a YA novel.  Seriously, the author was easy on story telling and without being cliche, I found it so cute. The story interconnected past and present beautifully. I was reading about teenagers who lived in different decade along with a teen who was living in the modern decade. But the bond between them was beyond the time and decades.
But what lacked the most is the story. A proper story plot and everything. Yes, I still can't figure out how the story ended and it gave me a hard time putting different pieces of the story together.

There were paragraphs where I felt nothing at all except eyeing plain words. Well, like half of the time I felt that way. There were only two points where I was eager to read it. Other than that, it was a bit boring. Like reading conversations over conversations, thoughts+ views of different people I might never be interested in.

Altogether, it's a....errr...nice book. But a good one if you feel the story. I found the prologue so closed to my heart so I felt it all the way, though it kind of saddened me when it turned out to be a lot different from what I thought it might be. *heart breaks*

Rate: 2.75/4
Thoughts: I wish the story was captivating all along, even slightly. But I really like the concept and story. In fact, I love it. They way the author made characters so real and lovable, I couldn't dislike it.

What are some new books you're reading lately?

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13 comments :

  1. I heard so much rumor about this book, good and bad also. I must check it by myself as your ratting don't seems bad!

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  2. I like the concept but not too happy about it being boring! The cover is really cute though! :D x

    Jadirah Sarmad | Jasmine Catches Butterflies ʚϊɞ

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  3. At the start of the review, I was just like this seems good. But no, oh well! Atleast you've now learnt and now informed me
    Estelle x - Let Me Go Xo

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  4. I was thinking of picking up this book last year, but I heard reviews similar to what you were saying on goodreads - so I kinda opted against it. That cover is so adorable tho!

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  5. Great review,the lay out is cute :-)

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  6. I'm not really reading anything right now - I'm trying to get myself organized with other things but I have my kindle. I think the only book I'm looking at is the new Ina Garten cookbook 'Make It Ahead' -she's awesome and inspires me to cook better. :) Have a great one Noor! -Iva

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  7. Looks like a great book!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  8. The cover looks so pretty :')
    I'd also be tempted by the cover hahah
    Actually, I just started reading a book I bought a while ago, which has a pretty cover too haha
    and I set my 2015 Goodreads challenge to 10 books too!
    I'm going to write some reviews about the books that I'm reading

    I'll try to read this one, if I had the time to.
    I like its concept, but I'm not sure I like its style, will see

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  9. That's always SO hard to finish a book when you find yourself bored with it! Thanks for giving it a thorough review, though -- good to know!

    Katie // From My Vanity

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  10. The book cover looks promising, but you mentioned that the dialogues were bland and a little boring. Those kind of books are pretty disappointing. Thanks for sharing your review. :)

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