Ahoy there me mateys! So a recent theme for “Top Ten Tuesday” was “Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads.” I don’t tend to do memes here in me log but I love readin’ the posts by me crew. Especially when they be fun topics which lead me to unexpected treasures. One such gem was this delightful book recommended by Jackie @ deathbytsundoku. In her post she says:
I read this book in 2016 and have been raving about it since. This contemporary fiction YA novel is set in an alternative universe where everyone has a Soulmate. Capitol S. Proper noun. Only 60% of the world ever meets their Soulmate. They might already be married, or not interested in you romantically, or whatever. Why does it matter? How do you know? The moment you meet your Soulmate your whole world transforms from black and white to color. This is the backdrop by which Libby Carmichael meets her Soulmate. The only problem? He’s locked in the juvenile detention facility Libby’s father runs.
As Jackie said in her comments to me when I told her I bought the novel, it doesn’t seem like the type of book I normally would read. And truthfully it isn’t. But I had seen folks talk about this book before and the color change intrigued me every single time. But I wasn’t sure if it would be done well or not and I didn’t want to spend hard-earned loot on it if it wasn’t. I try to save me doubloons for books I know I will want to re-read. But Jackie gave this 5 stars – a rarity. And her description was stellar. So I bought it and am glad.
This book had so many fun features like:
- Contemporary with magical paranormal elements – absolutely adored the whole color Soulmate thing and how it worked and didn’t work. The concept rocks.
- Libby, the main character – is a delightful mess. This level-headed girl drives herself crazy with the situation. She knows she is being ridiculous. She just can’t help it.
- Beth, her best friend – Friends who don’t fight, help each other, respect each other needing space and time, call each other out on being silly. Just wonderful and lovely.
- The other girls – there are a couple of other tangential girl characters who are not mean girls and actually are nice. Yay!
- Libby’s parents – Not only does she have parents who care and are present but there also is trust shown. Libby loves and respects her parents. They love and respect her too. And when Libby asks them for help, they are wonderful. A teen fessing up and asking for help! Gasp! Plus their story is adorable.
- The teens – all of them acted their age for better or worse. Aye, there be a bit of angst which normally would drive me insane but these 17 year-olds felt like they were responding in character with the plot lines.
- The Soulmate – I enjoyed how awkward Libby and Drew were and the ups and downs they had in terms of dealing with each other. It was excellent fun.
There were only a few minor bumps for me:
- There is another teen at the school dealing with a Soulmate and she exists to basically further the plot. I wanted to know more about her and the not-so-good outcome of her Soulmate. Maybe the author can write a book about the non-success story.
- The reason love interest was in jail was obvious and rather silly. I get it but I would have preferred something else.
- Libby’s love interest Drew was rather bleh. He didn’t feel real. But it didn’t really deter me having fun with the novel. I cared about Libby and Beth the most.
This novel only has about 535 ratings and 140 reviews on Goodreads. I am certainly glad to add another good review. I will be interested to see what other things the author will create. Arrrr!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
Libby Carmichael has just met her Soulmate. It’s just too bad he’s behind bars.
When you only see the world in black and white until you meet yours, it’s pretty simple to figure out when you’ve found your Soulmate. What Libby can’t figure out is why fate/destiny/the powers-that-be have decided that Andrew McCormack is her one, true match. Libby is smart, organized, and always has a plan for what’s coming next. So when she sees Andrew for the first time and her world is instantly filled with color, she’s thrown for a loop.
Namely because he’s in a dingy grey jumpsuit.
And being booked into a juvenile detention facility.
Surely a boy who’s been convicted of a headline-making, violent crime isn’t the person she’s meant to be with. There’s no way she belongs with someone like that… Right?
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