Knotted by Quenby Olson
Knotted by Quenby Olson follows Olivia Davies. When she gets a phone call from her father in the middle of the night, she’s in for a shock. Her father is getting remarried and wants her to fly to England for the wedding and a long visit. Olivia, who is feeling the pressure of her senior year and what to do next with her life, decides a trip away is a great idea. Except that her new stepmother is nothing like she expected, and when disapproving families intervene, Olivia has to decide if she wants to save her father’s engagement or agree with everyone else. Throw in an attractive but disapproving and snobby stepbrother, scheming characters, and wedding plans, it’s all Olivia can do not to have a meltdown.
So YA coming of age novels aren’t really my cup of tea, but I’ve read and reviewed a novel by this author in a completely different genre that I enjoyed (you can refresh your memories and check it out here) so I decided to give this book a try. I’m really glad I did. While I’m no longer a teen on the cusp of adulthood and making the first big decisions about my future, the author did a great job capturing those emotions and reminding me of my own worries. This book has also been compared to a Pride and Prejudice retelling by other reviewers, which I get, though I never liked Mr. Darcy as a romantic hero. (ducks for cover) Feelings about other novels aside, Quenby Olson does a great job with the emotional side of things, portraying a lot of rocky and real relationship teens have with parents, while still injecting humor and a little romance into the mix to keep things interesting. This book is easy to read and the writing style engagine. It kept me turning pages.
Like I just mentioned, the relationships are realistic in this novel, as are the characters. Olivia, especially, does a lot of maturing in a really short time. I really enjoyed the often humorous way she looked at the world, and was not only embarrassed for her with her social awkwardness, I felt for her, because I’m the same way (I go to social events for the food, just like her). Kudos to the author for getting me to not only like but empathize with a teen character. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to do that. I also enjoyed reading Olivia’s impressions of other characters, and while she made a lot of snap judgments, she kept an open mind for most of the characters. Even those she didn’t like, I enjoyed watching her learn to interact with them. I’m not entirely thrilled with her relationship with the love interest, as things are left a little up in the air at the end and he’s in his twenties I think when Olivia is just turning eighteen, but if the author continues Olivia’s journey, I’ll definitely be reading on.
My Rating: 5/5
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