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No character is wasted here, folks. Each and every single one of these characters had a lot of depth and personality. Blurgh, I'm so-so about that guy, but that was probably the author's intention. I mean, I totally freaked when I read the synopsis--it's never a good sign when it mentions two different guys. We have platonic girl-boy relationships and well It's a very sweet, slow build up, and I approve of it so very much. So it was awesome before the story was even written, clearly.
But no seriously, I really loved this aspect despite not being a comic fan myself, and how it was incorporated into the novel. If you loved Life in Outer Space, then there's no doubt that you'll fall in love with this one too. View all 6 comments. Jan 07, Molly rated it really liked it Shelves: young-adult , humor , romance , realistic-fiction , aussie-nz.
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I'm not saying that all the best YA books are written by Australian or New Zealand authors, but if I want to take an enjoyable swim in YA waters, there's nothing safer than reach Down Under. I've read and enjoyed Keil's Life in Outer Space , a few years back. Even if it wasn't one of those books that linger, in the sea of similar quirky-girl-nerdy-boy books that came and went, I still remember most of that one.
I usually can't say the same for a bunch of four star books on my READ list. Many of those made me gush and melt, and leave that last page with a smile That was one of the reasons I started writing reviews.
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Humor me, please, I know that what I write is not some sophisticated analysis, but I enjoy revisiting the book this way Trying to find the words to write about it, makes the story stand out more. Well, at least for me because, let's face it I read a lot. Someone is a chain smoker I'm a chain reader, and more than often a book juggler.
I usually read a few chapters of one book, a few of another, and why not a third. Anyway, I've strayed enough from the book in question. Let's go back on track. School is over in Eden Valley, Christmas is near. In about a month almost everybody from the Year 12 class will be leaving for UNI, abandoning their home town, with luck And if I have been Alba since before I could walk, Domenic Grady has been my best friend since eons before then.
No telling of this story would be possible without a boy. Or, in my case, two. I am so NOT that girl. I have dark hair, and darker eyes, and did you hear me mention that I live in a bakery? Like, literally. I sleep in a fog of cinnamon and vanilla, and spend most mornings elbow-deep in pastries and pie.
She spends her days merrily baking, drawing, reading and hanging up with her friends. She has curves aplenty, and isn't ashamed of them.
She collects garden gnomes her favorite, a monobrowed one, named Frida. She loves comics. She loves to draw, and until recently her dream was frequenting the UNI in Melbourne, studying the graphic arts. Now, suddenly she doesn't want to leave town. Everything in her life is starting to hang upside-down, even her last creation " Cinnamon girl ", keeps looking out from the captions with a pouty and sour face, no mater how Alba tries to draw her. Grady , her best friend is leaving too. Why do things have to change, when everything is perfect as it is?
And as if to prove that things can always go for worse, it seems that Armageddon is at the doors Alba's hometown. Alvin Smith, aka Original Ned, finds himself at the centre of the stupidest story in the history of everything, his bald head suddenly ever-present every time I look online. And then, the news crews start arriving. Twitter, and soon their peaceful Valley is crawling with all kinds of crazy lunatics.
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Can things turn back to normal when D-day comes and goes with the world still standing. I loved Alba's character, with all her insecurities, and I adored her friend Domenic "don't-first-name-me" Grady, with all my heart. I really wanted to kick that "penny-farthing moron" where the sun never shines. Dec 22, Sarah Churchill rated it it was amazing Shelves: arc , received-for-review.
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I mistakenly expected some sci-fi, end of the world survival stuff based off the synopsis, but this is in fact a contemporary that takes place in a small Australian town where nothing much happens, until one day a viral video names it as the last place standing after the impending apocalypse. Rather than being the focus of the story, the Rapture provides a chaotic and quirky backdrop for the main story - that of Alba and her friends now that they've finished high school and are starting to think I mistakenly expected some sci-fi, end of the world survival stuff based off the synopsis, but this is in fact a contemporary that takes place in a small Australian town where nothing much happens, until one day a viral video names it as the last place standing after the impending apocalypse.
Rather than being the focus of the story, the Rapture provides a chaotic and quirky backdrop for the main story - that of Alba and her friends now that they've finished high school and are starting to think about the next step. I adore Alba, she's very much like me, and her friends are great.
Some more fleshed out than others, but that's expected. Her relationships with them, her mum and her best friend Grady are brilliant, and the dialogue had me grinning. Alba is a budding artist obsessed with comic books and her own fledgling character Cinnamon Girl. Comic book references are common throughout, and as a huge fan myself it just drew me even closer to the character. An old friend makes an appearance in the form of Daniel, and while I did like the idea of him it didn't really feel natural for me in the grander scheme of things, but that's the only small complaint I have about this book.
I devoured it in two days and I loved it! Such a cute and quirky book! The characters were real and flawed,the story was slow-paced but very interesting and the writing was excellent. Well,these are just some of the things I liked: -Every character is very relatable and flawed.
Hello there new book boyfriend. Oh,man,you will love it so much. How cool is that? So as you can see there are many things I loved! I kept forgetting what she was talking about in the first place. Does that make any sense?
But overall,this is a really good book and I definitely enjoyed reading it! You can read this review BookishFever. This book is probably best suited for the high school age crowd, but despite that, I really enjoyed a lot of it. I adored the prologue from the main character. Her voice was quirky and authentic. The pacing mirrors the small town feel.
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Alba is in that wonderful transition between high school and deciding what direction to take in her life. She loves drawing, especially comics. She has a c This book is probably best suited for the high school age crowd, but despite that, I really enjoyed a lot of it. She has a character called Cinnamon Girl who also has not quite found her niche. Alba has a group of friends about to scatter after the summer in their various pursuits, but she has not quite figured out what she wants to do. In the meantime, her small town gets overrun by flocks of people drawn there by a "prophecy" that the end of the world is coming though supposedly here.
She's also dealing with the death of her father some years before. It became evident to me that a lot of her reluctance for change and planning for college had to do with leaving the town with so many memories of her father. I did get annoyed with Alba continuing to be blind to the boy next door really being the one she should be with. Her epiphanies were delayed to the point of exasperation.
This book is definitely not for everyone, and as I said, I believe this book will be best appreciated by highschool age kids. However, I've always had a soft spot for friends crossing the threshold to being a couple. Thank you Netgalley for a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review. Aug 08, Kelly Diva Booknerd rated it it was amazing Shelves: loveozya , hardie-grant-egmont , bookgasm. Alba, a nickname derived from her surname, isn't your typical small town girl. She dreams of taking her comic book characters to the world, but as her circle of friends and best friend Grady graduate from school, she realises that she may only have a few months before she is forced to say goodbye.
She struggles to leave the only life she's known behind and venture out into the world, which is something I too experienced when I finished school all those years ago. Her sidekick is best friend Grady, the two of them growing up together both being raised by single mothers. He's the typical boy next door with a twist. He's not perfect, but he complements Alba's personality, it's a pity his drive an ambition has yet to encourage her to see the world outside of Eden Valley.