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I absolutely recommend this coming-of-age novel!
I really enjoyed Accidents & Incidents! Riley Graham has created a cast of characters that are not only realistic and relatable, but truly likeable as well. From the first page I was invested in the outcome for the protagonist Leslie. She’s sweet and fumbling like any teenage girl might be and has a strong desire for something more in her life. I especially enjoyed the relationship between Leslie and her mother. Although her mother is at times nitpicky and demanding of her daughter, I could feel the love that backed up her actions and wanted so badly for she and Leslie to get on the same page. When Leslie’s mom finally starts to get the breaks in life that she deserves I cheered for her and for Leslie as well.
Accidents & Incidents has a central love story that is both endearing and complicated. I found myself rooting for Leslie as she slowly figured out which boy was really right for her. Teenage love in real life is complicated and I found this book to reflect all of the roller coaster emotions of that. I like that the romance is a central storyline but that it doesn’t dominate the entire novel. The reader is drawn into Leslie’s entire life, including friends and family, with the romance rounding out the perfect equation. Every relationship is well-roudned and moves the story forward.
I would recommend Accidents & Incidents to both young adults and adults alike. It is a clean contemporary romance suitable for any age level. Teens will relate to Leslie and her struggles and adults will be drawn back to a time in their life when everything is uncertain in that familiar teenage way.
As difficult as it is to live up to her critical mother’s standards, Leslie does a capable job. She may not clean the kitchen as her mother prefers, but she earns good grades, dates a good guy, and is well thought of in high school.
But there is the teensy matter of being attracted to Cole, her boyfriend’s best friend. And really liking Meredith, Cole’s girlfriend. And slowly developing a friendship of sorts with Dennis, a loner who sneaks smokes in the parking lot. So when her boyfriend breaks up with her, Leslie has to navigate her way through the minefield that is high school relationships. What will happen with Cole? What about Meredith? And what will happen with Dennis?
This is an enjoyable book with characters who feel real. Okay, maybe not Cain’s father. He seems so smarmy that you need to take a shower after reading the sections in which he appears. But we all knew a Cain in high school, every school has a Dennis, and at one time or another, we might have been Leslie.
That’s the selling point for this book: it feels real. Sometimes almost too real. When Leslie lets Cain press his leg against hers under a blanket, we know that she’s attracted to him. We understand the battle she has with herself about what’s acceptable and what isn’t. Meredith is pretty great, and she’s a good friend to Leslie. She doesn’t deserve to get hurt, but Leslie likes Cain so much. Meanwhile, her friendship with Dennis slowly progresses. But can they really be friends? They are so different.
Perhaps. They might be more alike than either realizes.
Teens will love this book because they will see themselves and their friends in it. Leslie is someone you can empathize with, and her struggles with her mother are presented without sympathy. This is Leslie’s challenge to surmount, and she needs to figure out how to do that for herself.
I enjoyed this one a great deal.
Thanks to NetGalley for the preview
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