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Friday, December 6, 2013

Bold by Julia Swift and Andrew Landis (Thoughts On)



Title: Bold
Author: Julia Swift and Andrew Landis (website)
Pages: 174
Source: Received from authors in exchange for an honest review
Published: July 4, 2013
Rating: 3 of 5

Summary from Goodreads:

Sasha, a shy, 15-year-old girl who hides from the world, almost dies in a car crash and vows that if she survives, she will be bold and live life to the fullest. Her newfound courage is tested when she meets Will, who just moved to her Air Force desert town after his journalist father’s disappearance. Will is fascinated by Sasha’s brush with and secret knowledge of death.

Sasha and Will push each other to take chances and break out of their sheltered suburban world. But will they discover there is a difference between being bold and being stupid before they put themselves, or someone else, in danger?


*****

Bold isn't my usual genre of choice but the story is an interesting one. After Sasha almost dies she decides to re-invent herself and stop being shy. Will and his mom move across the country to escape pain. They meet by chance during an "experiment" that Will does for his school newspaper. They are immediately struck by each other but being typical teenagers, drama occurs. Lies and misunderstandings occur but in the end they come to find that they can just be themselves.

Bold is a short book at just under 175 pages but it packs in a ton of experiences. The narration switches from Sasha to Will but I sometimes had a bit of trouble remembering which was which because they sounded so similar. Swift and Landis were TV writers and this was apparent in several of the more dramatic scenes. I could easily picture them on the screen.

Although it's marketed as a romance, it wasn't heavy. I enjoyed that they didn't start out professing their undying love to each other. Insta-love is beyond annoying to me. They started liking each other from the start but they really were friends first.

There were a couple of parts that I didn't quite understand but overall it's a quick, fun read with a great message. I think that it would be a good choice for younger teens who need help remembering that they don't have to be like everyone else. Being yourself is the only and best way to be.

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