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What’s a disenfranchised, sullen, kleptomaniac waif to do? Acquire some cash, grab some transportation, and head North, that’s what.
Linehan’s novel North depicts the flight of Jayne, a curiously vulnerable yet resilient teen, who, deciding that nothing in her life requires her immediate presence, flees her unremarkable circumstances seeking an idyllic home where she and her existence might matter to someone somehow. It’s not that easy for Jayne, however, just to drive away with no strings attached. No matter how well she steers to evade the long arms of a despondent status quo, it still has considerable reach, and is seemingly determined to imprison her in an existence Jayne considers neither fun nor fulfilling. And so Jayne repeatedly does one thing to escape her pursuers: she keeps running North.
Linehan’s subtle and skillful storytelling breathes new life into what could have been yet another teen angst story. Her characters feel real as does the story itself. Jayne, her comrades, and even her nemeses aren’t involved in global conspiracies, zombie attacks, or alien invasions. Instead they run from something that probably terrifies most people even more: the realization that life -- at its worst – can be nothing more than spirit-killing monotony.
Likewise, Linehan’s plot is relatively simple, but not predictable, and the associations and revelations that lay head for Jayne on her journey are well-timed and surprising.
Reading North is a fun and easy ride. You don’t want to get back into the car with Jayne — and you should think twice about going into any store with her — but you do, because you want to believe that life, like Jayne’s hasty, and often contentious quest for happiness, is worth the ride. And so you root for her despite her faults and her deceptions. Moreover, you want her to get away, to be happy, to find contentment, yet all the while knowing that across the poker table she’d happily and competently take you for everything you’ve got.
She was going to make a run for it."
So begins the lightning-paced story of a 19-year-old girl whose frequent scrapes with the law have made her a canny thief with a chip on her shoulder. Savage, the policewoman who has taken her down so many times before, won't catch her this time. Jayne will just steal a car and head north. Of course, life has a way of interfering with even the best of plans.
Reading Linehan's crime thriller is like binge-watching a favorite series on Netflix. You just can't stop until it's done. The prose is as lean and quick as the young heroine. The plot has enough twists to keep you reaching for the popcorn and potato chips. My only quibble, and it's a minor one, is that I felt Jayne was too savvy and street-smart to have fired that pistol in the empty apartment, even though that becomes necessary for the story.
That said, forget about eating dinner tonight or getting to bed on time.
Jayne is on the run.
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