Title: Wild Blue Wonder
Author: Carlie Sorosiak
Date Started: September 13
Date Finished: September 19
Format: Hardcover from a subscription box
There are two monsters in this story. One of them is me. Ask anyone in Winship, Maine, and they’ll tell you the summer camp Quinn’s family owns is a magical place. Paper wishes hang from the ceiling. Blueberries grow in the dead of winter. According to local legend, a sea monster even lurks off the coast. Mostly, there’s just a feeling that something extraordinary could happen there. Like Quinn falling in love with her best friend, Dylan.
After the accident, the magic drained from Quinn’s life. Now Dylan is gone, the camp is a lonely place, and Quinn knows it’s her fault. But the new boy in town, Alexander, doesn’t see her as the monster she believes herself to be. As Quinn lets herself open up again, she begins to understand the truth about love, loss, and monsters—real and imagined.
Okay. This book was cute and I’ll admit that I wasn’t expecting much when it came to Wild Blue Wonder, the last subscription box book for the month was somewhat of a disappointment. But this one was definitely special. The alternating chapters from different parts of Quinn’s life – right now and what happened last summer – took a bit to get used to, especially the last summer chapters since it took me a few minutes to figure out that Quinn was writing to Dylan – the ‘you’ – and once I understood that the chapters seemed to flow better. I loved Quinn as a character, because you got to see what her life was like that summer, and how she was trying to get over it now (spoiler alert: not well). But it isn’t until the new guy walks into her life that things seem to get a little bit better one day at a time.
And yes, I did love Alexander and Hanna too. These characters are just so…wow. I mean, Hanna was barely introduced and she already seemed to float right off the page. I could see her a real person with all her crazy quirks and I loved that she was in this novel so much. Alexander was the same. I seriously want to know what was with the blue suede shoes at the beginning of the book, and I’m really disappointed that we didn’t get an answer. Was it just part of his style in London? But at the same time, who wears blue suede shoes other than Elvis?
It broke my heart as I was reading this book though when I saw how Quinn’s relationship with her brother and sister used to be. Their reconciliation at the end of the book actually made me melt a little bit more than Quinn’s relationship with Alexander. And Dylan! You know, it’s a testament to a writer when she writes this character and you completely forget that he doesn’t make it to the end, until you read his death scene and completely lose it.
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. This was such a fluffy story despite the tragic event that occurs in it. I’m really glad that this was a pick for my book subscription box. I loved these characters. I loved the quirkiness of Quinn’s parents and grandmother. And I even loved the small town in Maine (even though I would probably really hate living there because of the cold. Snow for Halloween? Yikes).
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