The accident is one of those weird books that was a good read and was engaging, but left me feeling more than a little disappointed in the end - and dare I say it leaving me feel a little cheated. The overall story is well thought out and shows a lot of thought, but some of the connections felt a little shaky, and with the bouncing around between past, present, and future it felt at times like the author was trying to be too clever rather than focusing on the meat of the story. Strangely though, I still enjoyed the story, even though books like this usually make me roll my eyes after a chapter or two and throw them on the reject pile - I can't help but think that maybe it would have been better to have the whole past, then the whole present, and then the whole future, it may have ruined a few of the surprises but for me it would have read better.
There are some hidden strengths in this story, but there are also some rather gaping cliches. Each of the characters is well drawn with their own strengths and flaws, and there are some genuine teenage voices here speaking through trying experiences, and I hope that teenagers will be able to connect more with the story than I did looking with adult eyes. Set in Australia, there is a subtle Aussie flavour, but it could easily have been set anywhere in the world.
If you like this book then try:
- Rape girl by Alina Klein
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Counting backwards by Laura Lascarso
- Staying fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
- I swear by Lane Davis
- Whale talk by Chris Crutcher
- The half life of Ryan Davis by Melinda Szymanik
- Letters from the inside by John Marsden
- Catch the Zolt by Phillip Gwynne
Reviewed by Brilla