by Abigail Tarttelin
Genres: Contemporary, Mature, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: May 19, 2015 by Atria Books, Simon & Schuster
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My name is Flick and these are my images of my disconnected life, my forgettable weeks and unforgettable weekends. I am one of the disaffected youth.
Marooned by a lack of education (and lack of anything better to do), Will Flicker, a.k.a. "Flick," spends most days pondering the artistry behind being a stoner, whether Pepsi is better than Coke, and how best to get clear of his tiny, one-horse suburb. But Flick senses there’s something else out there waiting for him, and the sign comes in the form of the new girl in town—a confident, unconventionally beautiful girl named Rainbow. As their relationship develops, Flick finds himself torn between the twisted loyalty he feels to his old life and the pull of freedom that Rainbow represents.
The story unfolds in a small factory town in northern England, where bleak and sometimes treacherous circumstances make the taste of a love affair even sweeter. Told with humor and raw honesty, in a voice "both authentic and compelling" (GQ, UK), Flick captures an unforgettable moment in the life of a young man on the verge.
Flick is a good story of a fifteen-year-old that has been dealt with a black card but he keeps thriving everyday to make it through.
It’s really hard for me to connect with male POV’s, which I have stated before and this is one of those books. I believe that if Flick had been in Rainbow’s POV, I may have enjoyed it a lot. Like I said above, this is a good story that I just enjoyed and I wish it had been a little bit more fast paced than it was. At times, lots of pages would go by without any interaction and that usually leads to me DNF’ing a book but I really wanted to give this book a try.
Flick is a very complicated character that was hard to like. He is only fifteen years old and he is pretty much wasting his youth. There were times where I completely forgot he was fifteen because the stuff that he does so early on age had me double checking his age quite a few times. I mean, there are teens these days that do what he does, I get that but it was just so hard to get into his head because he was so conflicted over a lot of aspects of his life, which is understandable, I know. Then he meets Rainbow and it is like love at first sight. I would say for both but Rainbow’s emotions kind of lacked through the story, which is why I would have loved to read her point of view or at least alternating between the two.
I really loved Rainbow’s character, primarily because she really didn’t want to be with Flick if he was going to keep going back to the drugs and I give props to her for being strong in her decision and actually mean it, which got Flick to be scared but he still went back to it. I saw myself in Rainbow, I connected with Rainbow in so many ways. I believe if there had been more parts where Rainbow was featured, we could have really understood her even more and liked her even more. I disliked Flick’s girl friends…a lot. I tried liking them but I would just roll my eyes at them and just wanted them out of the book.
The story picked up by part three (it is divided in five parts) and I was enjoying myself but then it started falling and falling but I kept thinking it would be better. The ending fell entirely flat, like a heart-line when the heart is dead. I couldn’t believe the story had ended the way it did, which threw me off a bit.
The writing, though. I really like Abigail’s writing. It is so detailed and it has this sort of elegance to it. I would really like to read a book by her on a girl’s point of view. I would buy that in an instant! Abigail is a good writer, for sure. But I believe exploring other areas and having the characters do more interactions, will help us learn about them and maybe even connect with them.
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