Fourteen year-old Jane Blond thought getting through high school was difficult enough with her dad in prison and her mother dating. Throw in being bullied by the popular girl who has everything, and it’s completely unbearable. But when terrorists kidnap a boy she cares about, she knows she is the only one who can save him. Jane must rely on her courage and cunning as well as on a computer genius, a teen with Asperger’s, and a parrot with an attitude.
I was expecting more from this book, but I was just not able to connect with the characters as much as I wanted to... I thought the summary sounded great and I wanted to read about a younger character thrown in a crazy situation. It didn't quite meet up to my expectations.
The first negative point I found was the fact that the writing style is quite confusing. The verb tenses keep changing, which I found annoying, as someone who's a tiny bit obsessed with grammar and writing in general. I was able to look past that, though, but I never really got to connect with the characters during my time reading. I think it's because the writing felt a bit choppy to me (but it might just be me, because I've read great reviews of this novel), but I guess it was just not the book for me. I'm older than the characters, so it's no surprise that I found some of them a bit whiny and immature, but some books still manage to make their younger characters relatable for me, so I was hoping this would be one of those,
I think this book does have promise - my younger self would probably have loved it, it seems like the writing works with a lot of readers, and the whole idea behind it is great (honestly, I love the summary because characters with similar names to famous people are so funny to me).
Thank you NetGalley for providing me with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.