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Review, Teenage Musings, Young Adult / August 5, 2013

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Teenage Musings: Last Chance Angel by Alex GutteridgeLast Chance Angel
Author: Alex Gutteridge
Publisher: Templar Publishing
Date: June 2013
367 pages
Source: ARC from publisher
Genres: Contemporary
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What would you do for another chance at life?

When Jess is knocked off her bike in a traffic accident, she finds herself at the gates of heaven before her destined death date.

Given one last chance to say goodbye, she heads back to Earth to visit friends and family. Closely kept secrets are revealed to the now-invisible Jess, and one shocking discovery leads her to the biggest choice she'll ever have to make.

A poignant, bittersweet story of friendship and family from a unique voice in teen fiction.

Reviewed by: Jack

I’m sorry to say, I really disliked Last Chance Angel. In my opinion, it was one of the worst books I’ve ever read. I know this review may sound harsh, but I’m only expressing my true feelings for this novel and unfortunately, those feelings are negative. There was nothing I liked about Last Chance Angel. I’ve been holding off writing this review for quite a while, because it’s hard for me to explain my dislikes, so excuse me if this is not the best review you’ve read of mine. Anyway, I’ll just get to the point and tell you exactly why this novel wasn’t for me.

To start with, I thought the story line was utterly pointless because I never really felt connected to it at all. I wasn’t intrigued by it and had to force myself to read on at times. I just found it boring, and there were no surprises to keep me interested in the story at all. It was very predictable right from the first page. And the whole point of reading book is to escape into another world and have a unique experience. Well, I felt like we just learned all about Jess and her friends, while the problem of Jess being ‘dead’ was predictably fixed! It took me around two weeks to read this novel, off and on, and it never usually takes me that long to read a novel. I had to take a break from it, and I have no idea how I finished it! The last few days of reading are a bit blurry, all I remember is that I didn’t enjoy the ending either.

Now lets move on to the characters. Or shall we? Do we need to hear what I have to say about them, because I’m sure all of already know. I really disliked the characters. Yup, no surprise there. I felt that Jess was whiny and silly because she was given many, many hints that she could actually live, but she just dismissed them and continued to moan about how she couldn’t live every time she remembered a good time in her life. This was very repetitive, and it got quite annoying. I couldn’t relate to her at all, or any of the characters for that matter. I really didn’t connect with any of the character’s relationships, and just, ugh…And it was very depressing. This is a YA novel, where is the hope?

The writing is the most important of a novel for me and I didn’t like the writing in Last Chance Angel. It was boring, and choppy, and didn’t let the story flow. I had hopes at the beginning the writing might pick up, as it usually does in books, but no, it didn’t. I was very disappointed because the writing is the base of everything in a novel. I also felt that the story was stretched out too long, and that made Last Chance Angel quite a dull read for me.

So, overall, I wouldn’t recommend this novel to anyone. I thought it would be a cute, hopeful novel, but I was really disappointed with it. It’s terrible when you have to write a negative review, but I guess that’s just the way it goes. I didn’t display any quotes in my review of Last Chance Angel, because there were no lines in the book that I felt like quoting. If you do pick this book up and decide to read it, I hope you have better luck with it than me.

1 Stars

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