My current book for the middle of the night is Big Bones by Laura Dockrill. I have an e copy through Net Galley and requested it after seeing it mentioned on several YouTube channels. I wanted to read it and I wanted to love it.
But for about the first half of the book, I struggled. It even made me wonder if I’m too old for YA books. Or at least those written with a teenage voice. Because I spent a lot of time feeling that things being said by the teenage main characters were quite irritating and didn’t always ring true. But equally, from reading my teenage diaries I can see I was pretty irritating and said all kinds of things I didn’t really mean. Also, at times I found myself really relating to the mum in the story. Seeing how she was stuck between a rock and a hard place while her children made decisions that would scare the crap out of me as a mum. Navigating through these times, balancing the attempt to be a good and responsible parent, your child’s desires, and your relationship with the child. My child is seventeen months old and this is already hard, teenagers working their way to adulthood must be so much harder and scarier.
About half way through the book, though, I found my perspective start to shift and by the end I was so happy with the different characters and where they’d ended up. The teenagers grew up, the relationships across the board developed. So, I’m not too old for YA books and it’s always worth giving a book a good chance!