Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Book Review: Double by Jenny Valentine

SUMMARY: When the sixteen-year-old runaway Chap is mistaken for a missing boy named Cassiel, his life changes dramatically. Chap takes on Cassiel's identity, gaining the family and friends he's always dreamed of having. But becoming someone else isn't as easy as he hoped--and Chap isn't the only one hiding a secret. As he teeters on the brink of discovery and begins to unravel the mystery behind Cassiel's disappearance, Chap realizes that he's in much deeper danger than he could have imagined.

After all, you can't just steal a life and expect to get away with it.

Award-winning author Jenny Valentine delivers an explosive mystery where dark secrets, betrayal, and loss pave the way for one teen's chance at redemption.


Though predictable, partly inherent to the set up, there is still a soft intensity to this one that drives it forward. With some very out there moments that pique reader interest, and an overall compelling central character, Double will pull readers in and keep them engaged, even if they are working to figure things out. Beacuse of the way Valentine propels this one, even if you guess it, there is still something satisfying and a bit gutting about finding out the truth behind everything.

Chap is a highly sympathetic character, one who readers will side with and understand. Juggled around, and definitely delt a hard hand in life, there is a clear motive behind what he does and how things have led to him at this point. Loyal in quiet ways, and determined in some bold ones, Chap is both sweet and endearing. Though his development did seem to lack in just a few aspects, considering the mystery built and the double life he is leading, it makes sense.

There is a strong drive behind this one, and though some parts lagged, there was an engaging aspect throughout. With some depth mixed into funny and lighter situations, Valentine hits on some heavy concepts and emotions. There is a strong family element to this one, and a well crafted underlying murder mystery. Though a little more simple in writing, and not quite as strong in voice as this reader would have liked, Double is, overall, an interesting read.

Source: Netgalley 
Reading level: Ages 12 and up 
Hardcover: 256 pages 
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Reprint edition: February 21, 2012

No comments:

Post a Comment