The Art of Going Home by Nicole Sorrell
Warning: Sex and child abuse
The Art of Going Home by Nicole Sorrell follows main character Maddie on her journey back home to lay a loved one to rest. The trip isn’t going to be fun under the best of circumstances, but to complicate things, Maddie sometimes hears the voice or dreams about her dead twin sister. Add the presence of a highschool crush and her unofficially adopted family, and Maddie is in for a surprising journey full of personal revelations about her past, leading her to question who she can trust and who she can’t.
I’m not usually one for self-discovery journeys, but this book (especially with the dead twin communicating) had me intrigued. I see now that this book is marketed towards teens and young adults, which explains some of the issues I had with it, but had pretty explicit sex scenes that I would think better suited to NA readers.
The actual mystery in this book was pretty good, but most of the book was about how that event affected and still affects Maddie in her everyday life. Most notably, with her dead twin speaking to her. But that plot aspect is never fully explained. Is her twin really reaching across the grave? Is it repressed memories? A combination of the two? Without a satisfying explanation, this comes off as a cheesy plot device, since Maddie’s twin conveniently chimes in with helpful hints and clues. Had the author added an explanation or resolution (I don’t remember reading that Maddie’s twin stopped talking to her or Maddie felt a feeling of peace, anything to put her twin to rest!), this would have been easier to swallow.
But the other main aspect of the plot is the romance angle, with Zac, Maddie’s friend from high school. I didn’t really like him, especially when I discovered some secrets he kept from Maddie, so that soured the whole relationship for me. I think the author was trying to make him a sweet Alpha male, but the combination just didn’t work.
None of the characters really felt right to me, now that I’ve had time to think about them. Maddie, who is well out of high school (I never did catch her age), came across as a teen still in high school (which is probably why this book is marketed to that age group). I found her immature and annoying most of the time. I already mentioned how I felt about Zac and their relationship. I did like the love Zac’s family clearly had for Maddie came through clearly, but again, they kept a lot of secrets from Maddie and then got mad when she shut them out.
The writing overall was basic. There were a few issues with verb tenses and grammar errors. The author also used capital letters when her characters were yelling, which came across as a juvenile choice.
Overall, this book just wasn’t for me but I’m not a big YA reader to begin with.
My Rating: 1.9/5
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