Wednesday, 17 June 2015

#PUYB #BookReview - '89 Walls by Katie Pierson @katiedoodles58 #YA #Romance


About the Book 

Seth spends his minimum wage on groceries and fakes happiness to distract his mom from the MS that’s killing her. It’s agony to carry around a frayed love note for a girl who’s both out of his league and beneath his dignity. College-bound Quinn is finishing high school on top. That cynical, liberal guy in her social studies class, though, makes her doubt herself and her old assumptions. When their passionate romance takes them both by surprise, they keep it a secret: it’s too early to make plans and too late not to care. But it’s 1989. As politics suddenly get personal, they find themselves fighting bare-fisted for their beliefs and each other—in the clear light of day.
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About the Author 

Katie Pierson freelances for local non-profits, using her background in public policy and grassroots organizing to overthrow the patriarchy one introverted step at a time. When she's not writing fiction, she returns library books, makes soup, and tries to be cooler than she really is by hip-hopping at the YMCA. She lives with her husband and two daughters in a suburb of Minneapolis. You can reach her through her website, www.katiepierson.net, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/89walls/, and on Twitter @katiedoodles58.





My Review

The eighties is a memorable time for many and where significant events were concerned this book was spot. The author included politics and world events in the story with ease. The characters became part of this backdrop and most older readers were able to take a walk down memory lane. Be it through research or her own experience, the author was able to invoke the feeling of 'where was I when this happened?'

What took me back about this book was that at some points the story felt cramped. Too many things were happening at the same time to the same people. You had the politics, the romantic relationship between Seth & Quinn and his mum. All big topics and in some chapters, one topic was sometimes sacrificed to make way for the other.

This is not necessarily a bad thing but for me, it felt a bit cluttered. Otherwise this was a good read where the author's words flow freely and her characters are lifelike.

Would I recommend this read? If you like a good portion of politics from the past couple with a strong teen romance, this is the book for you.

Overall assessment:
Content: 4/5
Editing: 4/5
Formatting: 4/5
Pacing: 3.5/5

Offensive content?: Based on language and settings, I would recommend this book for anyone aged 18 and up.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author. I did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obliged to write a positive one.

   

1 comment:

Katie Pierson said...

Thanks for the review!

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