Author: Allison Van Diepen
Release Date: November 25th, 2014
Date Read: June 13th, 2014
Point of View: Single (Madeleina "Maddie" Diaz)
Writing: First Person | Past Tense
Genre: Young Adult | Mystery Thriller
In a Nut Shell...
A beautifully written and fast-paced book with nice characters and complex plots.
Advance Reader Copy provided by HarperCollins
It was such a thrilling and fast-paced book. At first I was a little skeptical because I normally don't feel comfortable reading books on gang violence, drugs and human trafficking. It was surprising that I ended up liking this book.
Just to be clear, even this book was on topics I mentioned above, it wasn't too descriptive to the point that it was unbearable, and I was thankful for that. Otherwise I don't think I could have gone through with this book. There were a little more violent scenes than most young adult books. Then again, this book was focused on more touchy subjects than most. However, I appreciate that the sexual exploitation wasn't too detailed.
Moreover, I loved how that story progressed. Each scene was very intriguing I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. I thought the storyline was absolutely well-developed and everything seemed to move very smoothly. The plot climax was extremely exhilarating, and I was more than satisfied with how the book ended. I'm secretly hoping to reading more about X and Manny.
Besides, I really liked the characters. Maddie was at times a bit naive, but I thought she was very courageous. I didn't like that she put up with Iz and her craziness, though. Both Ortiz and Manny were also my favorite. I liked Ortiz for being so noble and Manny for his humor. Maddie's mother was a pretty nice character too, but I'm not sure I support her when she seemed too lenient when her daughter stayed out overnight without telling her clearly where and with whom.
Even though I think the romance in this book was rather sweet, it was a tad far-fetched in my idea. It was a fairy tale-like, whirlwind romance, and I can't imagine it happens in real life. It was still nice, though.
To sum it all up, it was a well-written book with amazing pace and wonderful ending. I'd recommend it to those who enjoy reading a book that is not too light, yet not too dark.