Author: Alison Ashley Formento
Source: Received for review from Netgalley
Release Date: 9/18/2013
Description from Goodreads:
One pint-sized girl. Ten supersized crises. And it’s high noon.
They call her “Twigs,” because she’ll never hit five feet tall. Although she was born early, and a stiff breeze could knock her over, Twigs has a mighty spirit. She needs it, as life throws a whole bucket of rotten luck at her: Dad’s an absentee drunk; Mom’s obsessed with her new deaf boyfriend (and Twigs can’t tell what they’re saying to each other). Little sister Marlee is trying to date her way through the entire high school; Twigs’ true love may be a long-distance loser after a single week away at college, and suddenly, older brother Matt is missing in Iraq. It all comes together when a couple of thugs in a drugstore aisle lash out, and Twigs must fight to save the life of the father who denied her.
This book was received from the publisher for review via Netgalley.
After a friend of mine downloaded Twigs off of Netgalley, I read the description and thought it sounded pretty good, so I requested it as well. Unfortunately, i just couldn’t get into this book and only made it to 27% before I put it down.
I’m not totally sure what it was about Twigs that I didn’t like, but I just was not connecting to the story.
First, there’s Twigs, aka Madeline, who is the main character and narrator of the story. I just didn’t find her to be likable. She seems like a completely miserable human being who hates everything about life and doesn’t seem to have any redeeming qualities. And the other characters, such as her boss, mother, sister, and absentee father, didn’t really seem any better.
At 27%, I also felt like not much happened, aside from a lot of whining from Twigs, and one very uncomfortable incident in an alley. I really didn’t feel like much else was going on, and I was bored. However, that alley incident made me completely uncomfortable. I just had dread curling in the pit of my stomach over what may have happened in that scene or will probably happen in a future scene, and honestly, it was just something that I wasn’t prepared to deal with during this reading.
It’s hard to really say much about Twigs since I only made it to 27% before I gave up, but I don’t think it’s necessarily a horrible book. I think it would probably be good for someone who is looking for a darker, slower-paced, tough subject contemporary. However, it just wasn’t for me, and I decided not to force the issue.