Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff

Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
Published May 17, 2016
Summary on Goodreads
I can’t decide if this was a cute book or not.  It definitely touched on some cute topics like the romance between Marshall and Waverly but it also delved into a lot of more sensitive topics like drugs, depression, etc.  However, the ending was nice and cute so I guess that’s always a good thing.

Honestly, for the characters, I wasn’t particularly a fan for either Marshall or Waverly.  They both had a lot of faults, more so with Waverly than Marshall.  Waverly was such a robot at times and refused to let others see the real her but she never really gave any reasoning behind it.  Her “best friend”, Maribeth or whatever, was never treated as her best friend nor did Maribeth treat her as a best friend but then they had a weird best friend blow out at the end so that was really odd.  I didn’t really understand her issues but she certainly had a lot of them.  Her issues seemed to be stemmed from her as a person and it also seemed that it was self-inflicted so I couldn’t really connect nor could I sympathize with her. 

With Marshall, his problems tended to be around his family which, in turn, affected him.  It wasn’t something that he wanted but as a kid, he also couldn’t do much about it.  So, for me, it was a lot easier to understand where he was coming from and why he had the problems that he did.  Also, at the end of the day, he had a good and sweet side to him.  Honestly, I thought he was too good for Waverly – I just don’t see what he saw in her.

Another thing I didn’t really understand was the whole fantasy behind it.  I mean, Waverly goes to sleep and ends up with Marshall and somehow he is the only one who can see/touch/hear her.  It’s pretty cool but I feel like the author completely overlooked this aspect and didn’t answer any questions.  How did this happen?  Why did this happen?  Why is there randomly a magical element in this book that is seemingly otherwise considered as a realistic contemporary YA fiction?  So, what is the purpose of this part?  And it was weird how Waverly/Marshall didn’t really wonder about it too much.  It was as if they just took it for granted and continued on their every day life during the day.  Honestly, it was quite bizarre.

Even though the plot itself was kinda cute but overall with the characters, it was just okay.  I can’t decide if I would recommend it because there are certainly better books out there that’s more worth your time but this wasn’t too bad.



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