|Taken from Amazon. Sorry for the bad picture,|
it was the only one I could find! :-/
"It was before the birds fell out of the sky. Before them girls went missing . . . "
Life is good for Jenny Grand, living in a beachside chalet on the Cornish coast, chilling out and body-boarding, until one day her ex-boyfriend Han returns to her home town of Hayle. Shortly afterwards, the town is invaded by TV modelling talent show Britain's Next Catwalk Queen, and everything begins to go wrong.
Part romance, part mystery, and part coming-of-age story, Snake Beach is a gripping novel for young adults
Snake Beach is one of the most unique and original stories I have read. The author has an original style which has you intrigued at where the words will take you next. This isn't the type of book I would read, but I enjoyed it. I was blown away by the unique plot line and was hooked to find out the unpredictable ending. Although it didn't make my favourites list, and it did have a few faults, I am looking forward to what more Glass has to offer.
Set in Cornwell, we see the story through the eyes of Jenny Grand. She is a typical teenager with normal issues, until her ex-boyfriend comes back to her town. Their first confrontation is very awkward, and soon they realise that they feelings towards each other are complicated. I loved how Glass portrayed Jenny's emotions - she used body language and actions to show her feelings towards her love for Han, instead of moping about in her room saying that she loves him. His return sparks off the whole story, as soon a tragedy occurs and TV models flood the whole town. They go missing, and it is up to Jenny to save them.
As I mentioned before, I love Glass' unique ideas for the novel. She hasn't taken any kind of trend or copied another author's style - she has clearly done research and produced ideas for the novel that are her own. I mean, the 'chewing gum' part? Genius! I could never have thought of that.
I love the contrast of character personalities too. However, Han annoyed me. Despite the MC being in love with him and the adorable ending, I couldn't help but get irritated by his actions. He chased after the models and didn't really care about Jenny's feelings. I am not sure if the author did this intentionally, or if he is meant to be shallow. Due to my reaction, I couldn't really engage with the romance. It didn't captivate me.
Even though Snake Beach is a young adult novel, I think everyone of all ages would enjoy it - pre-teens and adults. There isn't any instalove or unsuitable features, but it isn't childlike. Jenny doesn't really show any character traits of her age, and I couldn't really empathise with her, but I think lots of people would be able to get along with this neutral character. I'd recommend it, but not rant on about it's greatness for hours. The unpredictable ending, the different character clashes, and the unique prose all intertwine and create a brilliant book.
Thank you to the author for sending me this for review, and to Luisa Plaja for recommending my blog to her! :)
Publication date: 8th April 2012
Source: For Review
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