Book Review: Twigs by Alison Ashley Formento

One pint-sized girl. Ten supersized crises. And it’s high noon.

They call her “Twigs,” because she’ll never hit five feet tall. Although she was born early, and a stiff breeze could knock her over, Twigs has a mighty spirit. She needs it, as life throws a whole bucket of rotten luck at her: Dad’s an absentee drunk; Mom’s obsessed with her new deaf boyfriend (and Twigs can’t tell what they’re saying to each other). Little sister Marlee is trying to date her way through the entire high school; Twigs’ true love may be a long-distance loser after a single week away at college, and suddenly, older brother Matt is missing in Iraq. It all comes together when a couple of thugs in a drugstore aisle lash out, and Twigs must fight to save the life of the father who denied her.

Release Date: September 18, 2013
Age Group: NA
Source: Review copy from publisher
Reviewed By: Kelli

Twigs had the disadvantage of being read immediately after UnSouled by Neal Shusterman.  Which was one of my favorite books of the year.  I read Twigs while I was in a book-hangover state, knowing that I was bound to view it unfairly after reading UnSouled.  I should have taken my own advice and "not" read a review request right after UnSouled, but I'm not great at taking advice.  Even when it's my own.  Especially my own.  

Anyway, Twigs is about an 18-year old girl named Madeline but who is called Twigs because of her tiny size.  I liked Twigs as a character and liked her thinking about life.  She is honest with both herself and everyone around her.  Think about it: how many people make a habit of always saying what they think?  Not many.  But Twigs does and that was my favorite part of her character.

What made this book special was the way Formento developed the characters.  Everyone had a distinct purpose in the book and added a lot of depth to the story.  My favorite character was Helen, just because she was so unpredictable.

I felt like Twigs moved slowly.  It was a long book for a contemporary NA read, and it got kind of bogged down in the middle.  All the action happened at the end, and I would have liked more of the "after," instead of most of the book being about the journey.  Although that may have been Formento's point: life is about the journey, not the destination.

Overall, I enjoyed Twigs.  I probably would have liked it even more had I not read UnSouled the day before Twigs.  I enjoyed Formento's writing and would read her again.


No comments:

Post a Comment

Word verification stinks--- but spammers are worse. Thank you for your patience!