Sarah's Stars

Marthe Jocelyn. Would You
Tundra $19.99 ISBN 978-0-88776-816-3  165 pg.
Reviewed by Lindsey, Age 14

"Claire," says Mom. She scrapes the chair back and stumbles up. Her eyes look wild, extra blue. She opens her arms and I walk into them.

"Claire what?"

I pull out of the hug and Mom slumps back down on the chair with her face hidden in her hands.

"There's been an accident," says Dad.

In one single moment, everything can change.

Natalie and Claire are your typical sister duo. They have their silly fights and their disagreements but when it all comes down to it, they're best friends. They share secrets, they talk about boys, they steal, ahem, borrow each other's clothes. They've got each other's backs. Younger sister Natalie is all set for an idyllic summer hanging out with her friends, working as a lifeguard at the pool, eating lots of junk food and pool-hopping late at night. Meanwhile, older sister Claire is looking forward to the end of summer where she'll jet off to college with a clean slate. But first, she has to break up with her boyfriend. It's a typical Saturday night in the lazy summer. Claire is going to carry out her plan of breaking up with Joe and Natalie is pool-hopping with her friends and having a blast. Everything is normal, everything is right.

But then, a car hits Claire.

Would You. Would you what? Would you read this book? I guess so, because that's what I did. It seemed pretty interesting and at the start it definitely was absorbing. But then as the tale dragged on and Natalie turns into a really annoying narrator I wasn't too sure if I would even finish the book. I guess the morbid storyline catches your interest but after Claire's little accident I thought something bigger would happen. You know, a lesson, an epiphany or a conclusion. I mean, of course the book ended but not in a satisfying way. I'm not saying I was rooting for a cookie-cutter happy ending but I think the author could have handled the end in a better way. I felt a little disappointed and while Would You will certainly make your own trivial problem mountains seem like molehills, I still felt there was a lot more that could have been done with the story.

I give Marthe Jocelyn's Would You three out of five stars.


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