Title: The Sharp Time
Author: Mary O'Connell
Genre(s): hard topics, realistic fiction
Age Level: YA
Page Count: 228
Perspective: First-person Female
Summary from Goodreads: Sandinista Jones is a
high school senior with a punk rock name and a broken heart. The death
of her single mother has left Sandinista alone in the world, subject to
the random vulnerability of everyday life. When the school system lets
her down, her grief and instability intensify, and she ponders a violent
act of revenge.
Still, in the midst of her crisis, she gets a
job at The Pale Circus, a funky vintage clothing shop, and finds
friendship and camaraderie with her coworker, a boy struggling with his
Even as Sandinista sees the failures of those with
power and authority, she's offered the chance to survive through the
redemptive power of friendship. Now she must choose between faith and
forgiveness or violence and vengeance.
Review: I finished. Oh, thank God I'm finished.
This book took forever to read. It's short enough that I would normally have finished it in a few hours, but it took me a week to finish instead.
And the thing is, I'm not sure why. It wasn't an awful book. It just... wasn't very interesting. The characters were all very well developed, and I enjoyed reading about each of them. Sandinista was defiant, unique and spunky, and I liked her as a character. But the plot was greatly lacking. I felt like there wasn't anything going on in the book. Sandinista was caught up on the same thing throughout the entire book, and it got annoying. So, don't waste your time on this book. Find a better realistic fiction novel - cause there are better out there!