- Paperback: 340 pages
- Publisher: MAB Books (March 23, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1879571005
- ISBN-13: 978-1879571006
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,143,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Caterpillar: The Metamorphosis Trilogy (Volume 1) Paperback – March 23, 2012
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Born in Santa Barbara, California, Kate Oliver has lived most of her life just outside of Washington, D.C. Having worked as everything from a professional statistical programmer to a professional student to a professional parent, she now splits her time between wrangling her three kids and writing books for children and young adults. Visit her online at kateoliverbooks.blogspot.com
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Oh, how I enjoyed every minute of Kate Oliver's young adult debut, Caterpillar! It's one thing to be drawn in by its blurb: the hint of a very romantic story with a possibly tragic ending, and another to be so captivated by its lead characters that I'm already wishing for the next book in the series.
Cara Gallagher and Will Mallory were beautiful together. Both were troubled by loneliness and deep insecurities, but somehow they pulled together and cast aside all the self-inflicted darkness surrounding them. It was amazing to see their relationship transform from a casual friendship to a serious and cosmic relationship. Though there was mutual attraction in the first minutes of their meeting, Oliver doesn't write their story within the limits of 'insta-love'. I've come to think of their relationship as a sophisticated cuteness. Not too mushy or too intense, but just right.
The characters and story both felt authentic. Barring the strange beings from light-years away, while reading Caterpillar I felt as if I could just hop on a plane to California and join the action. Caterpillar has the ability to be a genuine fantasy novel and still feel realistic. Oliver built character in Cara, Will, and even Cara's sister, Liv. The smallest actions showed so much about them that added to the story's authenticity.
Caterpillar has so many attractive elements to draw readers from every corner of the universe. It's a fresh, exciting, and shining YA debut for Kate Oliver!
This was one of those times.
The beginning of the book might put readers who are quick to judge off, because Cara does not begin the novel out as a likeable character at all. She sounds like one of those snotty, stuck up teens for whom everything is horrible.
Once Cara gets to hanging out with her sister, Liv, for a while-and, of course, meets Will-she starts to open up and becomes a heck of a lot more interesting AND likeable. Of course, that is replaced by the insta-love that, to be fair, I knew was coming, but ah well. It's more often than not these days, so it shouldn't shock anyone. At least there isn't a love triangle.
I struggled with the beginning first with Cara, and then with the romance between Will and Cara. Well, besides the fact that they actually go on more than one date, which was absolutely fantastic. That's right, you heard me, DATES. Like they were actually trying to have a real relationship or something.
This novel can actually be separated into two halves: the first half, with ALL of the romance, and the second half with a great deal of action. The first 1/2, 2/3 of the book are actually pretty slow, focusing on Will and Cara falling in love and being in love and dealing with the fact that Will is an alien and needs to go home but they love each other and ohmygod. To be perfectly honest, these two eventually won me over and made me melt just a little bit. I'm a sucker for romance when it's done at least halfway right, and this is one of those times.
The second half was actually a lot more exciting than I thought it was going to be. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but this chain reaction gets set off with one little thing and then all of a sudden there is a car chase, bullets and explosions. I certainly wasn't expecting THAT kind of action. Why?
The writing in this book.
This is both were I found love and issue. See, Oliver writes a lot "slower" than many other YA books. What that means is that her writing is more lyrical, more descriptive, and less BOOM-BANG-BAM. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, and I enjoyed the change. In places, her descriptions and musings were spectacularly gorgeous. My issue was the constant POV change. Cara is the lead, switching back and forth a few times with Will's journal entries. Then there is the whole section were Cara is MIA and Will is pretending to be her. While it was awesomely epic to read about him being a girl, it completely threw me for a loop, especially because after that Cara came back for a long while, solo, and then it was Will again at the end. I'm tricky when it comes to POV switches. I like them, but there has to be a logical sequence to them. There wasn't that in this book.
All and all, I found Caterpillar to be a wonderfully sweet book. It was the sweetest teen romance I'd read in ages, and one of the first this year that didn't completely have me headdesking over insta-love, cliché stupidity. Though technically Will is an alien, the fantasy trappings are few and far between, with most of the focus being on the romance. I'd absolutely recommend this if you were looking for a cute teen romance with some fantasy trappings that let's the romance really speak for itself. There is insta-love in the beginning, but they won me over and that is HARD to do.
*Book provided for an honest review via tour stop. Tour Stop Courtesy of YA Bound Blog Tours!