Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Remix by Non Pratt


From the author of Trouble comes a new novel about boys, bands and best mates.

Kaz is still reeling from being dumped by the love of her life... Ruby is bored of hearing about it. Time to change the record.

Three days. Two best mates. One music festival. Zero chance of everything working out.


My thoughts
It is no secret that I adore Non Pratt. I met her few years ago now whilst she was working for Catnip and she was one of those people I instantly liked most probably because we have very similar reading tastes and can quite happily chat for hours about books with her. I've loved books she's pushed into my hands by other authors since that first meeting and it meant when she told me she had got her first book deal that I was very excited indeed because I knew I was going to love it. As predicted I adored Trouble and very much the same is true for Remix.

I have been waiting to read Remix from the moment I finished Trouble because I knew whatever it was about I would adore it. It arrived at my house to excited book post dancing flailing and was gobbled up in one greedy go later on that evening.

I loved several things about this book.

Firstly I loved what this book had to say about friendship and in particular teenage girls. Teenage girls get it tough when it comes to being frinds in YA novels. Their friendships aren't seen as important, thrown aside for someone more popular or a over a boy and I feel that representation is doing them a real disservice. Remix goes a long way to remedy this through the friendship portrayed over the course of the novel between Ruby and Kaz. Don't get me wrong it isn't perfect. They fight and bicker like anyone but under it all it was nice to see two girls who were solid in their friendship and loyalty to one another.

I loved that this book was set at a music festival. I have been wanting more books set at one after reading and loving Sarra Manning's diary of a crush series years ago and this had a similar feel to it in that regard. It was really fun to see the girls go through that experience, bad toilets, crappy tents and unwashedness in all its icky glory.

I also loved the characterisation in this book. The teenage voices in this book are spot on and made the characters and the story feel so much more realistic for me.

All in all a book unsurprisingly a book I adored. I can't recommend it highly enough and will be buying multiple copies myself to give out to everyone.

1 comment:

Jesse Owen said...

I HAVE to read this - I was so annoyed at myself that I didn't spot Remix in my local Waterstones the other day ... until I was half way out the door!!!

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