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?
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*
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?