Saturday, April 4, 2015

Swimming Through a Book Review-- by Naomi

Back cover: "I live in the in between. Between what if and what is. It’s how I manage. It’s the only way I know. Everyone has their way. This is mine."

Senior year kicks off when the words on a Post-it note spark a sticky romance between two unlikely friends. Transfer student Talia Vanderbilt has one goal at her new school: to blend in with the walls. Lagan Desai, basketball captain and mathlete, would do just about anything to befriend the new girl. One Post-it note at a time, Lagan persuades Talia to peel back her heart, slowly revealing a world where hope seems to lie around the corner. She never turns.

About the author: RAJDEEP PAULUS decided to be a writer during her junior year in high school after her English teacher gave her an “F” but told her she had potential. She studied English Literature at Northwestern University, and she writes masala-marinated, Young Adult Fiction, blogging weekly at InSearchOfWaterfalls (dot) com.

When Paulus is not tapping on her Mac, you can find her dancing with her four princesses, kayaking with her hubs, coaching basketball or eating dark chocolate while sipping a frothy, sugar-free latte. She secretly hopes to one day own a laptop that functions under water! Oops. The secret’s out.

To be perfectly honest, when I first heard the title, I kind of thought, "What?" Because that alone doesn't make sense.... but it is always exciting when you read and you find out the meaning of the title. :D
Talia is abused. Her brother is abused. But one day, Talia finds a sticky note inviting her to lunch. Will she accept this little corner of her life that may be abuse free?
My overall impression was this book was, "it was okay." Talia's goal is unclear to me, but near the end Ms. Paulus did have me hooked!
I thought Ms. Paulus did a good job of having a reason why Talia and Lagan got together, because as a writer I really understand that it would've been easier to just make Talia cave. But one thing I didn't understand was that Lagan was super patient. I guess some people are like that... Lagan did really care about her. :)
I thought it was nice when Talia started-- Well I don't want to give away any spoilers but...-- she would spend a lot of time outside and I thought that was nice, the way Ms. Paulus had Talia explain why she liked being outside. :)
One thing I didn't like about this, was near the beginning it seemed to kind of explain a lot of stuff about what ethnicity Talia's parents were, which I thought was kind of pointless and took up space.
But overall, Ms. Paulus dealt with a tough issue, but blended it together with a bit of romance and a tad of suspense. (And let's just a moment to appreciate the beautiful colors on the cover.... :) )

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