Wasted- Nicola Morgan.

Initial Final Page Thoughts.
Shall I cheat and read the other chapter? (Note: Of course I did and in reading both chapters, I’m glad of my choice.)

High Point.
BRIT-LIT. Wooo represent. POP POP. Yes, I enjoyed the setting (although I’m not entirely sure whereabouts it is set because it doesn’t specifically say… all we know is that it’s near the sea and NOT (like the author) in Edinburgh because it says England. Anyway, it doesn’t matter. The idea. Woah. Such a great one. I’ve always been a ‘fan’ of the idea of luck vs chance and I loved how Morgan explained the philosophy behind it, it was subtle but you still understood what the relevance was. Sometimes I find that authors get so caught up in trying to get their point across it becomes clumsy and confusing.
The looooove. Yes, that’s right. The love story. I never thought I’d ever class a YA love story as a high point but I really loved both Jack and Jess. Their inevitable relationship was written in a beautiful, undermined way that didn’t keep whacking you over the head screaming ‘THEY’RE DESTINED TO BE TOGETHER’. I hate it in YA books when they fall in love in like a day and then they’re together forever. When you’re 18, crushes are supposed to be tingling and butterfly-y and commenting on how you like his hair… not angsty and ridiculous. So kudos, Ms Morgan for warming my heart, if only a little, to YA romance.
THE ENDING. Or at least the one I read. That’s all I’m going to say.

Low Point.
OK, I know Wasted was written first… but the whole Schrodinger’s Cat idea was better in Will Grayson, Will Grayson.
I loved the narration at first but as the book progressed… it kind of got annoying. But I was born in the raised in the school of ‘Show not Tell’ and this challenged all my literary morals. The idea, although AMAZING, wasn’t constructed in the way I was expecting… but I can’t say how I would’ve done it, so I can’t reeeally count this as a low point. But I am, so nerr.
Also, I honestly can’t say how much I loved the concept of this book… but I have to think, how realistic is for an eighteen year old boy to base his whole life around the flip of a coin? Actually … scratch that. It’s very realistic. High point. (comicbookfangirl)

Hero/Heroine/Love Interest/ Best friends.
These are all coming in one category because it would be impossible to talk about one without t’other. And also, my cup of tea is cooling quickly and I need a refill. Like I said earlier, I love Jack and Jess as main characters (the book follows them pretty much equally, although we get a bit more of a backstory with Jess) and I love them as a couple. Jess comes from a bit of a broken home but she is very well adapted and she’s not a priggish prude, too judgey or too self-deprecating, which often occurs in BrokenHomeBabes. I didn’t have much in common with Jess (I honestly think a guitar would explode in my hand if I picked one up and my Year 8 music teacher once told me to mime) but I thought she was accessible and relatable and even though we probably wouldn’t be best friends, I think we’d probably get on quite well. Jack is a bit older and was teetering on the edge of falling into the dark depths of the mysterious guy that YAuthors love like nothing else.

How to Make a Mysterious Guy in Young Adult Books.

  • A dollop of musician. (Jack is in a band and he writes lovely songs about feelings ‘n’ stuff.)
  • A dash of a horrific background. (Jack has a very tragic background… and deals with it remarkably well.)
  • A heap of kook. (Dude flips a coin to make decisions. Could we get more kookier?)
  • Sweet romantic gestures. (Rose petals.. I’ll say no more…. for fear of vomiting)
  • A headful of sweeping fringe. (If Jess mentions his perfect hair one… more… time.)

But, I still liked him. He didn’t make me cringe and he had a personality that couldn’t just be describe as ‘mysterious’. He was funny, sweet and very gentlemanly (unicorns!).
I thought they made a great couple as well. Yes, they decided they loved each other within a week. But if they had the usual awkward month-long agonising palm-sweatening conversations… it would be a long book. And it was a little cheesy… but as Ms Morgan puts it so well herself  “It’s very corny but there’s nothing new about being in love and no new way of showing it.
So, well played. Well played.
Also.. the ending I chose was really interesting. I don’t want to spoil it, but I thought Morgan wrote a really great and realistic ending, especially concerning the two lovers. The other one, I didn’t like as much, but it was still OK.

Baddie.
Kelly Jones. Yes… every time I read her name I instantly thought of this man. Which is never a bad thing. But it kind of became a little distracting. We didn’t really get much a story with Kelly… a little background, but not enough to really get a feel of her. I like to think Kelly and Jenny Flick. would get on really well. Although, I’m not sure Jenny would approve of Kelly’s tight white jeans… what the hell?

Theme Tune.

I miss The Streets. What happened to them?

Angst Scale.
6 or 8/10 (depending which ending your coin picks). This book does have a bit of angst, there is a particularly heart wrenching scene between Jess and her drunken mother, but Jess is very grounded and doesn’t go on and on about it forever. But it’s really sad. Also, Jack’s background is sad and even though it kind of makes him act how he acts… he doesn’t mope and mention it every time he opens his mouth. I picked the 8/10 angst ending by the way… it’s like my coin knew what I would like. It was such a good ending.

Recommended For…
People who want to read a YA book in Britain. WOOO represent. Pop po- OK, I’m sorry. People who want a book with a bit of ‘oomph’ and a great great concept that makes you really think about how you percieve life. People who are musically inclined because I imagine the depiction of being in a band is spot on… although, I literally have no idea. People who miss those Choose Your Own Adventure books… this is like the mature version of them. People who always wonder ‘What if that happened?’. People who like their love affairs with a touch of realism. People who like books that deal with real-life issues in a sympathetic yet realistic way. People who really wish Maggie Gyllenhaal could’ve made her own luck in The Dark Knight. Comicbookfangirl.

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