Neilly and Declan
Tossed into the blender of
new family ties.
I'm often drawn to stories told in two voices, and I really loved Half Life of Planets, another book that Brendan Halpin half wrote, the other half of that book was Emily Franklin. So I had very high hopes for this story.
Notes from the Blender didn't have quite the same ... magic for me as Half Life of Planets, but I would say it's a worthy read, particularly if you're looking for a funny, angsting male protagonist. Something that in my opinion doesn't exist enough in the YA genre.
I really did enjoy the back and forth of Neilly and Declan. They've been thrown together by their parents getting married. Declan is more than familiar with Neilly from school, Neilly on the other hand, is not. Declan does not run in her social circle.
Not a TON happens in the book. But I do think it's a decent contemporary fiction book and the highlight is definitely the two voices telling us the story from their perspectives.
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