Tuesday, September 18, 2012
My Thoughts: I found Andy Squared on Netgalley, the blurb sounded promising and it was from a publisher I like, Bold Stroke Books, so I requested it. I really liked Sara from BSB, and Andy Squared has turned out to be another smashing hit for me.
Andy Squared is a wonderful coming of age story with lovable characters. The writing is flowing and easy to read, I devoured the book in two sittings. I wasn't on the edge of my seat, this was not that type of book. It had a different kind of charm, a more slow pacing, but the pull to read it as fast as possible was there. I just liked the characters so much, I truly enjoyed reading about the nice moments they had, and wanted them to get their happy end real bad.
I liked both Andrew and Ryder. Andrew was a typical teenager - he played soccer, had some friends and was unsure about his future. Ryder was the new kid at Andrew's school. Yeah, I hear you groaning there - yes, the new kid! This is such an overdone cliché by now. But honestly I don't care, I liked him! I liked everything about him, well as much as I've seen. Which wasn't that much actually. I was a tiny bit disappointed about that, because like I said I really liked Ryder, and it would have been cool to get to know him a little more.
"Your life was boring before I got here, being all cryptic. Admit it. I bring excitement." Andrew regarded him thoughtfully and seriously for a moment before grabbing the door handle again. "You bring something alright. I just don't know what."
The plot is a simple boy falls in love with another boy, boy comes out kind of plot. But it had some great twists. And the twin factor added uniqueness to coming out aspect of the story. Furthermore, I like to read about twins, there's something fascinating about them. So the fact that Andrew had a twin, Andrea, made me extra excited to read Andy Squared.
I've to confess I thought Andrea was going to turn out evil/crazy/harboring incestuous thoughts for her twin or something similarly horrible. I don't even know how my brain took that detour to incest lane, it wasn't a trip I planned.... I just, you know, read the blurb, and assumed...things. Thankfully that wasn't the case. In fact, Andrea were pretty okay(-ish). She wasn't the most kindest girl in the universe, and she did some things she shouldn't have done, still, she was much better than what I expected.
I have to say, I love the cover. For some reason it reminds me of Los Angeles, movie stars, summer&beach, which things have absolutely nothing to do with this book. It's winter in it and there is snow, lots of snow. Still, I liked it. My favorite is the upper half of it, with the clouds and the silhouettes of the twins(?).
Andy Squared was much lighter than what I expected, but those kind of stories are more up to my alley anyway, so I absolutely enjoyed it! And while the book ended on a nice note, it could do with a sequel.
Jennifer Lavoie was a new author to me, but I'll be on the look out for her books in the future. Highly recommended.
Seventeen-year-old twins, Andrew and Andrea Morris, have always been close. They share everything—from their friends to a room—and they both enjoy star positions on their high school’s soccer teams. All’s right with the twins...or is it?
When new student Ryder Coltrane moves from Texas to their small New York town, he spins Andrew’s world upside down. All of Andrew’s past relationship troubles begin to make sense and his true feelings start to click into place after Ryder comes out to him. His friendship with Ryder turns secretively romantic, but secrets, they soon find out, are hard to keep. Once rumors start to fly, so-called friends turn on them, and the boys’ relationship turns into a bomb about to explode. But Andrew never expected it would be his own twin, Andrea, holding a lighter to ignite it.
September 18th 2012 by Bold Strokes Books
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