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Review: Blink Once by Cylin Busby

West is a high school senior who has everything going for him – until an accident leaves him paralysed. Strapped down in his hospital bed, moving in and out of consciousness, West is isolated and alone. Until he meets Olivia.

Olivia is the girl next door – though not the typical girl next door. She is in the hospital room next to his, and before long, she’s sneaking into his room to talk with him. Only Olivia seems to know what he’s thinking, and even dreaming about. Yet certain questions haunt him: Why is Olivia in the hospital? And how is she connected to the terrible dreams he’s been having? But the biggest shock of all comes when West must face the possibility that the girl he’s fallen in love with – and who’s done more to aid his recovery than anyone else – may not even be alive.


I have mixed feeling about this book. There were some things I really enjoyed about it but other things I wasn't as keen on.

Things I liked
I enjoyed following the story from the perspective of the main character West. I really liked his voice and I loved the relationship he developed with Olivia and I enjoyed seeing that relationship develop in the very unique way it did.

I really enjoyed the twist and didn't see it coming at all and thought it was unique.

What I was unsure about
Due to the nature of he book the storyline is very slow. I therefore found that at times my interest waned at times.

The more I think about it the more uncomfortable I feel about the subject matter and the appropriateness of writing about it in the way it was. I'm certain the author hasn't intended to be controversial or insensitive but I have been left uncomfortable nevertheless.

All in all I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book. Maybe one to spend some time thinking over.


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