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32 Seconds Paperback – November 5, 2014
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About the Author
Johanna K. Pitcairn has dreamed of becoming a writer since childhood—authoring her first novel at the age of nine, and countless poems, stories, and screenplays by the age of seventeen. Later, rather than pursuing a career as a director and screenwriter, she decided to go to law school, driven by her father’s opinion that “writing does not pay the bills.”
Ten years later, she moved to New York City, which inspired her to go back to the excitement, wonder, and constant change of being a writer. Pitcairn is a huge fan of psychological-thriller novels and movies, and delves into her hopes, fears, friends, enemies, and everything in between in her own writing.
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Although the protagonist is female and written with the girls viewpoint, I find myself immediately taken back to the feelings of a younger me. High school is like the twilight zone, it’s hard to understand and have a clear perspective while your fighting your way through all the drama. Now looking back as I read 32 Seconds I see it in a whole new way, I’m sure this was the intent of the author, and can help us all better understand those as they navigate their way through the teenage years.
Johanna Pitcairn has a great way of transporting you back in time and making you remember all those feelings you have long since forgotten. The character’s are so reminiscent of anyone’s younger days, it’s like I stepped in a time machine. Julie’s journey while inside her mind is cleverly done as layer upon layer are revealed. We are exposed to her former self that she so desperately tried to run from.
The journey Julie takes in her mind is cleverly written and filled with many well thought out mixtures of adventure, mystery and fantasy. Her mind has taken charge to get her back to being a whole and complete person again by teaching her to channel her anger and be a more positive person. She learns to deal with her past and no longer bury her feelings and must deal with past if she is to become the girl she wants to be.
As she battles the demons from her past she learns to forgive herself and come to terms with her true inner self and her suppressed feelings. This story is one of personal growth, and learning to accept ones actions, consequence and imperfections. Julie learns that she is her greatest enemy as so many of us are, sometimes we can’t get out of our own way. Overall I found the theme a powerful one and think it’s a great read for a younger audience. The language and dialogue are quite current in the “teenage” dialectic. I would have liked a quicker pacing during some portions of the story but Johanna picks up the pace in the end and the conclusion is nicely wrapped up for the reader.
32 Seconds is a refreshing take on the teen life. The author has showed the readers a different side to the teen dilemmas and a new understanding to all their tantrums and ill-behavior.
The cover is colourful but not very informative to the reader. I could not figure out what the book was about by looking at it. The blurb is interesting and intrigued me enough to forego my doubts and pick this book up to read.
Johanna has the talent for narrating emotions and creates a vivid mental movie for the readers. I was able to understand Julie's behavior and even empathized with her when at first she had just seemed like a spoilt girl to me.
I loved every second spent on reading this book and was so engaged that I had to finish it in one sitting. The dialogues and the fluidity of the narration takes the story forward swiftly and leaves the reader spellbound. Kudos to the author. This was the first book that I read by her and I am definitely going to read more from her in the future.
4 out of 5 to 32 Seconds and strongly recommended to readers who made mistakes in their youth because they will be able to relate to Julie who made mistakes and messed up her life but then had the guts to stand up, face her mistakes and transform.
This review is also available on my blog Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff
The imagery of words will stay with me for a long time. “Cluster flying load of monkey bananas. I was about to be crisped to crumbles,” was another example. The physiological roller coasters of emotions took me higher than high and lower than low. I laughed. I cried. I was grossed out and I loved it. I think I understand teens a little more after reading this book. It’s twisted but the message is straight. Every teen and parent should read this book. “32 Seconds” teaches how to win. I give this book a 5 star rating.