Title: Wild Blue Wonder
Author: Carlie Sorosiak
Release Date: June, 2018
“There are two monsters in this story. One of them is me.” -Carlie Sorosiak
WILD BLUE WONDER by Carlie Sorosiak is by far, one of my favourite books of 2018. It follows 17 year old Quinn as she tries to get back to normal after a summer accident, which killed the love of her life and best friend, Dylan. Ever since, her sister Fern and her brother Reed, along with everyone else in her small Maine town, has put the blame on her. The book switches from summer, where Quinn and her friends are councillors at her family’s summer camp, to winter, where Quinn tries to repair the boat in which Dylan spent his last moments in, and she tries opening up to the new boy in town Alexander, who does not see her as the monster she thinks she is.
This book is heartbreaking in all the right ways. I cried, I laughed, but most importantly, I loved. The fact that this book shows that good people can die young, that not all siblings get along, that you can’t help who you fall in love with, and that it is okay to move on bring a realness to this fiction that I deeply enjoy. I couldn’t help but fall in love with the characters, dead and alive. This book made me feel every emotion possible.
I definitely recommend this book to teens and adults. This book is so much more than a sappy romance and shows you to appreciate the people with you right now, to not hold in your emotions, and not to live in the past. This is one of the few 5 star books on my shelf. It is absolutely brilliant.
From the first page of Wild Blue Wonder the story envelopes you in it’s plot, it’s characters and the mystery that the whole story surrounds. The main character Quinn seems to be a whole other person than the laughing, bold girl from the summer before the “accident”. Her siblings are hollow shells of what they used to be, and Quinn has adopted a fear of the water that she never used to have.
The story switches from the summer before the accident to the present. Each page has you holding your breath and as the story progresses you’ll cry and laugh at the characters and the closeness you feel to this book. The author Carlie Sorosiak writes about love, loss and how hard it can be to forgive yourself, and how much it can hurt you and the people around you until you do. Her writing is spectacular and anyone, child, adult, girl, or boy will love the story she has intricately created and given life to. She has written a story that vividly describes the enchantingly whimsical summer camp that Quinn’s family lives on and owns, it helps the story along by at first being a place of magic and wonder, then turning into a place of quiet whispers and sadness for Quinn.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who would read Jany Nelson, John Green, or Rainbow Rowell. You’ll absolutely devour this book in an instant and when it’s finished you will be left longing for more.