Friday, September 20, 2013

Book Review: Twigs by Alison Ashley Formento

Title: Twigs
Author: Alison Ashley Formento
Publisher: F+W/Adams Media
Pages: 272
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 2.5/5

Twigs has always been the shortest one. Born premature, and less than 5 feet tall, Twigs looks like a strong wind could blow her over. But this teensy, tiny heroine has a gallon-sized spirit that won’t bow down to anybody. And she needs it too. Everything in her strange world is changing, and not for the better.

With a drunk father who left the family, a Mom who has a new boyfriend, a sister who’s trying to grow up too fast, and a brother who’s gone missing in Iraq, Twigs needs all the spirit that she can get if she wants to survive this ordeal in one piece.

To be honest, I really did feel for Twigs. I felt bad for everything that was going on in her life, and how tough things were for her. I knew she was having a hard time with coping all of these difficult situations. But, I couldn’t really connect with her. This whole book is about Twigs trying to find her place in the book and while it did provide crucial character insight, all of Twigs’s feelings were muddled up. It was hard to tell what she was really feeling, and that messed up the book for me. One thing I do like about her, is how determined she is. She might not look like the strongest opponent, but Twigs is definitely is more capable  than she appears.

Alison Ashley Formento portrays an 18 year old girl’s complicated life. With college starting in a few days, a boyfriend who’s more than a 100 miles away, and a crazy family, Twigs has definitely got a lot on her mind.

The part I liked the least would probably be the introduction. It was slow, not very interesting and could have been elaborated a bit further to make it more engaging.

Things definitely picked up in the middle of the story where multiple plot lines were introduced and resolved. In fact some of the problems Twigs was facing were interesting, but there were so many of them that at times it got all muddled together.

Also, because of the way the book was written, it seemed as if the book was already finished when it was only halfway done. All of the plot lines had been solved, and then a whole other one was introduced. It basically seemed as if the author was just trying to prolong the ending of the book. The flow was definitely off, and it would have just been better if the author had just cut off the second half of the book. The second half in general was very disappointing.

The conclusion was slightly better than the middle and beginning of the story. Here, there is some action and there is something substantial that I can connect to. The book begins to pick up the pace, and does regain some of the momentum it gained in the middle.

Overall, “Twigs” is a below average book. The main character isn’t too exciting, and the plot lines aren’t all too enticing. I don’t recommend it, unless you especially love books where the protagonist is having to adjust to society.  

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