21 November 2011

{Book Review} The Sharp Time

By: Me My Shelf And I | 21 November 2011 at 6:13 PM | | | | |


The Sharp Time
Author: Mary O’Connell
Format: ARC
Pages: 240
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published: November 8, 2011
Rating: 3.5 Birds

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 own secrets.
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.

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My take: So I thought this would be a pretty cool book to read, what with a name in it like Sandinista, and a place called The Pale Circus – where could you go wrong?

Now, I’m not usually one to be kind of….harsh…per se on books, but this book moved incredibly slowly and I kept wondering when it would get better.  Mary had a GREAT thought as to this girl having a harsh life, and trying to get by.  But in truth, the book only spans a time period of a week – so every so many pages is only one day.  That’s probably what made it the hardest to read.

Given Sandinista’s struggles to survive daily life, I think the book could have been spanned across months as opposed to days and taken more light of things that this strange, misunderstood teenager had to struggle with in order to make a life for herself.  It was like living a high school drama all over again – and not one of those “this thing lasts for months” type of drama but one of those “it happened in one day and we’re still talking about it five years later” kind of dramas. 

Because I liked the idea of the story and the character Sandinista herself – I gave this a little bit better of a review rating.  I think given tweaks and more fine tuning, this could have been an excellent book!

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  1. What a beautiful cover! The girl almost reminds me of a younger Ginnifer Goodwin.

  2. Great, thoughtful and thorough review, Rosmelie! I appreciate your honesty - I know how hard it is to write a less positive review. We all hate doing that I think, but oh-well, sometimes you just gotta do it. You did it really professionally - kudos to you for that!

    The cover is beautiful and I would probably buy this book without even reading the synopsis. Glad I stopped by to read your review! Check out my MEN in YA event? :D There will be plenty of reviews, interviews and giveaways! :D

  3. I have a REALLY hard time with books that move slowly. I'll keep my eye one this one but I think I'll hold off for now. Thanks for the review!

  4. I sometimes pick books based on the covers and this one I like a lot. But now I'm not so sure if to read it, as I don't know if I'll like it :|


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