Monday, September 20, 2010

Funny How Things Change by Melissa Wyatt

Here's a quick bit from Ms. Wyatt's website: Remy Walker has it all: he found the love of his life at home in crumbling little Dwyer, West Virginia, deep in his beloved Appalachian Mountains where his family settled more than one hundred and sixty years ago. But at seventeen, you’re not supposed to already be where you want to be, right? You’ve got a whole world to make your way through, and you start by leaving your dead-end town. Like his girlfriend, Lisa. Lisa’s going away to college. If Remy goes with her, it would be the start of everything they ever dreamed of. So when a fascinating young artist from out of state shows Remy his home through new eyes, why is he suddenly questioning his future?

Over the course of a summer, Remy learns how much he has to give up for a girl, and how much he needs to give up for a mountain.

*Note: I won this book from Nerds Heart YA. I want to thank them. Stop by their site sometime.
My Take
Remy is seventeen and in love with Lisa.  The roots of his small hometown run so deep into him.  The question is, do they run deep enough to hold him there?  This book was a creeper, meaning the story slowly crept over me and pulled me right into it.  It wasn't long and I could feel Remy's desperation at wanting to escape his small town.  Then the reader gets tossed about with his confusion.  Remy is a very relate-able guy.

The interesting thing about this book, is that it told a fairly simply story in an eloquent way.  Before long the reader can sense his strong familial and geographical connections.  It's not just the town that he's tied to but the land itself.  The description in this book is beautiful.  Remy thinks of the mountains as beings with water filling their capillaries.  Check this book out and find out how Remy answers the age old question, should I stay or should I go?

For all it's loveliness, I give this one four big kisses!

8 comments:

  1. It sounds like I would enjoy this book. Thanks for the review :)

    Here from CEP

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  2. This one sounds good! I like creeper books too. :)

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  3. Sounds like a good read. I love your description of it as a "creeper". Perfect!

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  4. I can relate to his story. I met my husband at 18, and we both wound up in a similar crossroads. Thanks for the review.

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  5. Oh, this one does sound good! Must check it out! So many books, so little time...

    Lisa, I love your blog. You are doing such a fantastic job. I'm so glad we're friends! :)

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  6. I'm reading a book sort of like this now, where it doesn't seem like there's a whole lot of plot, but the conflict is so huge inside the character's mind. Sounds like a really great story!

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