Last Monday, I interviewed the fabulous Kelley York. Today, I'm reviewing her novel SUICIDE WATCH, and let me just tell you, it's not what you'd expect. A little mystery, a little love, and a whole lot of amazeballs. And yes, I just used the word amazeballs.
I oftentimes don't read the blurb for a novel I'm reviewing because I want to go into it knowing nothing. If I know nothing, then I can enjoy how the story unfolds.
But...here I am talking about me. Instead, let's talk about this novel!
Here's the lovely cover:
And here's the blurb:
Vincent has spent his entire life being shuffled from one foster home to the next. His grades suck. Making friends? Out of the question thanks to his nervous breakdowns and unpredictable moods. Still, Vince thought when Maggie Atkins took him in, he might have finally found a place to get his life--and his issues--in order.
When Maggie dies, it all falls apart.
A year ago, Vince watched a girl leap to her death off a bridge. He's starting to think she had the right idea.
Through a pro-suicide forum, Vince meets others with the same debate regarding death: cancer-ridden Casper would rather off herself than slowly waste away, and there's quiet, withdrawn Adam, whose mother wouldn't notice if he fell off the face of the planet.
As they gravitate toward each other, Vince searches for a reason to live while coping without Maggie, coming to terms with Casper's imminent death, and falling in love with a boy who doesn't plan on sticking around.
Annnnnnd now, the review:
1. I love the relationship between Vince and Adam. It starts off so sweet, and doesn't feel at all forced or thrown in. Even the way Vince tells the reader he's gay isn't contrived in any way. I appreciate this so much.
2. What a unique premise! The idea of a pro-suicide forum is amazing (and a little freaky...do these exist?). Though it's wonderful how Vince develops relationships with Casper and Adam in the one place you wouldn't think someone would. Loved the way York had Adam always sending song lyrics to Vince at first. Very sweet. Conversely, Harbinger. HOLY CRAP. Even his messages are super creepy and horrible. And the role he plays in the deaths...well, you'll just have to read the novel.
3. THE BOY VOICE!!! Kelley York can write her some awesome boy voice. I was so impressed that she could maintain the voice throughout the novel.
4. Kelley York made me care about her characters. As writers, that's one of the most important aspects of writing that we have to hit. If no one cares about your MC and those involved in his life--whether to hate or love them--then you haven't done your job.
1. Ummm...surprisingly none. I kept waiting for it to get out of voice or for the plot to slow down because quite a few chapters are a bit solitary (i.e. only Vince's thoughts), but York kept me wondering what would happen next.
LOVE THIS NOVEL! Seriously, you should go out and buy it. I've already placed the rest of York's novels on my Kindle wishlist for my birthday. Can't wait to read more from this author.
HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!