Book Review – Wintertown by Stephen Emond

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Every winter, straight-laced, Ivy League bound Evan looks forward to a visit from Lucy, a childhood pal who moved away after her parent’s divorce. But when Lucy arrives this year, she’s changed. The former “girl next door” now has chopped dyed black hair, a nose stud, and a scowl. But Evan knows that somewhere beneath the Goth, “Old Lucy” still exists, and he’s determined to find her… even if it means pissing her off.

Garden State meets Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist in this funny and poignant illustrated novel about opposites who fall in love.

Wintertown was a great book. First of all, good looking cover. Also, a ton of illustrations inside. Evan likes to draw comic strips about a fantasy world with him and Lucy as protagonists and there are a page of them at the end of each chapter. Also, every chapter starts with a full 2 pages of nice landscape drawing. The story takes place during the 2 weeks of Christmas break so there’s a lot of snowy trees and rooftops, Holiday decor and other surroundings, it’s a nice addition to the story.

This book isn’t one of my favorite of this year because the characters were not memorable for me, and I couldnt really identify with either of them, BUT I still really enjoyed the fact that they were relatable and realistic. They had regular lifes, they talked and acted like people their age, they had real life issues and they dealt with them in the only way they could, they made mistakes, said things they regretted, tried to make amends… I don’t know if you see the pattern here but it was just a well done and relatable story, with flawed characters (which is good if you ask me because who likes to read about perfection?) but also a lot of humor and a nice ending regardless. I think this book should get more recognition so if you’re looking for a nice quick read for this winter, check it out!

3.5 STARS

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