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I Belong


Review: Oblivion by Sasha Dawn

OblivionTitleOblivion

AuthorSasha Dawn

Genre: YA Thriller

Series: N/A

Publication Date: April 28, 2015

Format: Paperback, 400 Pages

ISBN-10: 1606845705 (EgmontUSA)

ISBN-13: 978-1606845707 (EgmontUSA)

Reviewed by: Kaitlin

Synopsis:

I KILLED HIM. His blood is on my hands. His heart is in my soul. I KILLED HIM.

One year ago, Callie was found shivering in an abandoned apartment, the walls covered in her red-inked scrawls. She remembers nothing of that night. Nothing of the thirty-six hours before. All she knows is that her father, the reverend at the Church of the Holy Promise, hasn’t been seen since. Neither has Hannah Rynes, a young girl from the parish.

Since that night, Callie’s been plagued by graphomania–a compulsion to write. The words that pound in her head and flow through her red felt-tipped pen onto the pages of her notebooks, onto her jeans, onto her limbs, make no sense, yet they may be the key to unlocking her memory.

The anniversary of Hannah’s disappearance is approaching. The words are coming faster and faster. Then Callie meets a guy at school who might be able to help her sort through the jumbled nonsense and piece the puzzle together, unlocking her past

Quick & Dirty: An unnecessarily long story that was pushing the boundaries into NA territory.

Opening Sentence: Lindsey and I left her portable speakers in her backyard shed last week, during the thunderstorm.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Callie has an obsession with words, graphomania. It started the night, a year ago, when she was discovered in an abandoned apartment, a disturbing message inked onto the walls in red. She doesn’t know anything of what happened that night, doesn’t remember what pushed her to write those unthinkable things on the walls: I killed him. His blood is on my hands. His heart is in my soul. I killed him. But since that night, neither her father nor Hannah Reyes have been seen.

Callie’s word obsession leads her to scribble endlessly – her body, her notebook, the walls. When she meets a boy at her school who may be able to help her decipher what happened that fated night, she thinks she might be able to uncover the part of her past that she’s forgotten. Suddenly she’s caught between Elijah and John, and she’s feeling something for her friend Lindsey. Life is turning messy, and some secrets are better left buried.

I got about twenty percent through this one, last year. When I opened it again this year, I was determined to get farther and finish the book. But it was too daunting a task, even with my renewed determination, and I was unable to get much farther than the first time I opened it up. I gave up around fifty percent, I believe. There were a few reasons why, but let’s talk positives first. The novel is gritty and bold, with flawed characters. Callie’s story was a unique and intriguing one, and I’ll admit that a part of me wonders how the book would have ended, but there was no way I could have gotten through that novel without a lot of irritation. The writing style is weird but cool, and takes some getting used to – an aquired taste – because of its disjointed and repetitive nature.

This book pushed the boundaries into new adult territory. I’ll admit, I think it might have fit better there. There was quite a lot of underage drinking, pot, and cursing. I think the only reason it was listed in this genre was the age of the characters. I disliked how the main plotline of the story, a quite interesting one, was weighed down by a complex sort of love square and girl drama. And, of course, the sheer size was daunting. It was seven hundred pages on my galley, and that could have been chopped in half. The repetition was what really made it so dense, in my opinion, and I couldn’t handle the idea of still having so many pages left.

I have seen reviews where people liked this book, so maybe others will have more success than I did. The sheer size, dense/repetitive nature, and Callie’s annoyingly complicated love life were what did me in and made me give up, but I think that others with more patience might enjoy the bold places the author takes the story and the intriguing plotline.

Notable Scene:

Time will be tight. I have to take the Pace bus back to town.

Lindsey dropped me off here after school, but she was clear on this: she can’t come back to get me. She’s on the homecoming committee, and they’re making final arrangements for the parade float.

Final arrangements. Funny that those two words can refer to festivities, as well as funerals.

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FTC Advisory: EgmontUSA provided me with a copy of Oblivion. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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