This is overdue. I mean I posted my reviews on Amazon, Smashwords and Goodreads a couple of days ago. I found myself a little bit… weird in the head these past couple of days though. Not lack of sleep exactly, but just mental exhaustion. And I haven’t felt like writing much of anything because of that.
Now though I’m good enough to do this.
Joshua’s Island is a YA novel, written by one Patrick Hodges. It is the story of a boy (Joshua, as you might have guessed) and a girl (Eve – coincidentally the name of Sarah’s new kitty), who are on different sides of their school popularity scale, but get stuck with each other as lab partners.
Between malicious rumors being spread about his person and the unwavering attention of a group of bullies, Joshua had been having a terrible time of school and counting the days until the year ended in the hopes that High School would be better (warning, kids: High School is never better).
Eve had been going through some troubles of her own, having just managed acceptance by the popular crowd and finding that it was not at all what she imagined it to be. To make matters worse she quickly became aware of what she had to sacrifice for this popularity.
Despite not being your stereotypical dumb popular girl, Eve still struggles with science and her, let’s say reluctance, to work with Joshua causes her grades to plummet. Her parents are clearly not happy with this and so she eventually relents and asks the boy for help. Friendship ensues…. aaaand of course that does not bode well with the popular girl and the bullies… sooo yeaah, enter conflict.
What I Said On Amazon/Goodreads/Smashwords:
I posted the same review above on all sites. Yes, I gave it five stars… People are going to start thinking I’m too nice with all these 5 star reviews aren’t they? I need to find a bad book to review. >.>
My Thoughts On Joshua’s Island:
As you all know, these will always start with the mention of what I didn’t like, or liked the less about a work. In this case however it all comes down to the fact this isn’t a book I would have chosen and purchased for myself. I never liked teenagers; not even when I was one, and I HATED school with a passion. This book did a great job of reminding me why I hated school and why I dislike teenagers. It was a great book, don’t get me wrong, but I read to disconnect from real life and not to look back on it. That’s the main reason why I prefer fantasy books over more realistic things. That issue is… not really with the book though, is it? It’s just a matter of preference.
Preferences aside, I really liked this book.
Those of you who’ve been with me for a while know that I have a peeve with 1st person narrative and POV changes when not done right. In fact, 1st person was my greatest issue with books like Twilight and 50 Shades (even though not by a far the only reason why they were terrible). I have bitched and bitched about this, with you all as my witnesses, so believe when I say that this book does a fantastic job of it.
For starters the characters are very well written. Eve is genuinely trying to convince herself of the choices she’s making and Joshua is clinging to a slim chance of things eventually getting better without him having to open up about his problems. You just want to shake them both by the shoulders and scream incessantly about how life doesn’t work that way. It doesn’t work that way, you stupid, stupid kids! They’re characters in a book, so you can’t, and you have to watch them figure things out in their own ways.
The supporting cast feels like my group of friends and easily anyone’s group of friends. I see them as real people and I care about them. Which for me is the single most important thing in a book. If I care about the characters, then I want and need to know what happens to them.
The bullies, well, I know that every person is a person; even a kid who bullies at school, sometimes they simply never have been talked down by anyone, and sometimes they have greater issues at home they don’t know how else to handle, but you know what? Sometimes they don’t. I’ve seen it happen both ways. One of my best friends was a playground bully and we only became friends after he threatened to beat me and I sweep-kicked him into submission. He is the sweetest guy I know and we barely ever mention that episode today. Then again, some kids are just cruel for the sake of it and I’ve seen my share of that too. The bullies in this book are portrayed as being the latter. One could read this book and say “it’s not really that bad” and maybe it isn’t everywhere, but it CAN be.
I cried at least twice before I got to the end of this book and by then I didn’t have it in me to even think it was too sugary sweet. It’s not my favorite type of ending, but you know what, fuck it; they earned it.
Do I Recommend This Book:
As I said, I wouldn’t pick this out in a bookstore, and I won’t be rereading it any time soon, but I think we all agree that has little to do with the book itself. The book is great and I believe that if I could enjoy it, those of you who are more drawn to this type of story will enjoy even more. So, yes; I do recommend this book. In fact I already have repeatedly in the past few days.
Yay or Nay?
I’m Sold! Where Do I Buy This Book?
So there you have it, boys and girls, my review of Joshua’s Island. It is a terrific book and if you pick it up you’ll definitely enjoy it even if it’s not your cup of tea.