Book Review: Winter Town by: Stephen Emond

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publish Date: December 5, 2011

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Hardcover

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Every winter, straight-laced, Ivy League bound Evan looks forward to a visit from Lucy, a childhood pal who moved away after her parent's divorce. But when Lucy arrives this year, she's changed. The former "girl next door" now has chopped dyed black hair, a nose stud, and a scowl. But Evan knows that somewhere beneath the Goth, "Old Lucy" still exists, and he's determined to find her... even if it means pissing her off.

Garden State meets Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist in this funny and poignant illustrated novel about opposites who fall in love.

Review: Once upon a time, Evan and Lucy were best friends. Then she moved away with her mom after her parents split up and they only see each other at winter break. However, this year, Lucy has changed even though Evan hasn’t.

Evan’s always been the type of kid who knows where he’s headed and what he wants. His family is very close, even if his parents are a bit overprotective at times. Evan knows his parents love him very much and support him in all he does. Lucy, on the other hand, never had that family support structure even when her parents were together. She’s more of the ‘whatever strikes her fancy’ kind of girl. But this year, she’s very different.

The illustrations in the book really supplement the story very well. I liked the little ‘comic strips’ detailing Evan and Lucy’s past real and fantasy adventures. Winter Town starts out in Evan’s perspective, but when the big reveal occurs about Lucy’s changes, the perspective also changes over to Lucy. Like peeling back an onion, Winter Town’s characters had many facets underneath the light tone. A coming of age story leading the way to discovery of the true self is poignant and touching.

Books by this Author: Happyface, Winter Town

1 comment:

  1. I loved this one. :) The illustrations were an unexpected joy throughout and the characters were the type of people who come across as real and relateable. Great review. :)


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