Tue, October 7, 2014

Wildlife by Fiona Wood Review

Wildlife book cover

Wildlife book cover

Wildlife
By Fiona Wood
Publication date: Sept. 16, 2014
Poppy, 400 pages
Source: Publisher

During a semester in the wilderness, sixteen-year-old Sib expects the tough outdoor education program and the horrors of dorm life, but friendship drama and an unexpected romance with popular Ben Capaldi? That will take some navigating.

New girl Lou has zero interest in fitting in, or joining in. Still reeling from a loss that occurred almost a year ago, she just wants to be left alone. But as she witnesses a betrayal unfolding around Sib and her best friend Holly, Lou can’t help but be drawn back into the land of the living.

Fans of Melina Marchetta, Rainbow Rowell, and E. Lockhart will adore this endearing and poignant story of first love, true friendship, and going a little bit wild.

— Goodreads.com description

My thoughts on this one are all over the place, so I’ll just lay ’em out for you:

– Fiona Wood knows some really big words that I don’t know; or maybe it’s just an Aussie thing?

– Love love love Michael and Sib and Lou — some brilliant secondary characters here.

– But also some brilliantly HORRIBLE characters; Holly is the worst. HATE HATE HATE. So hard to read this bullying and justification and nastiness from supposed friends. At the same time, who can’t relate?

– This book makes me want to go hiking.

– My galley eBook copy didn’t have formatting to help me see there were two points of view…which really messed things up for me. Wildlife got off to a crazy slow start for me because I had to go back and reread after I worked out the two narrators a few chapters in.

– This cover is to die for.

So, really a formatting thing that made this a toughie for me. Plus, it hit a little close to home on the toxic friendship thing. Been there, done that. But it was brilliantly portrayed and the setting was lovely. Pros and cons!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: aussie, camp, fiona wood, friendship
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2 Comments

  1. We Heart YA said:

    Hm, interesting comments. We’re still intrigued, but will probably opt for the print version so the formatting doesn’t trip us up!

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    Posted on: Tue, October 7, 2014

  2. Cassie @ Happy Book Lovers said:

    I definitely agree about the formatting thing! I had to go back too! But overall I really liked this one and thought it was so incredibly relatable. Everyone’s dealt with nasty friend issues, and it hit close to home for me as well, but that’s why I liked it so much I think.

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    Posted on: Tue, October 7, 2014

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