Book Review: The Accident Season (Moira Fowley-Doyle)

*I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

 

Publisher: Corgi Childrens

Pages: 323

Release Date: July 2nd 2015

Summary (From Goodreads):

It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.

But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

Review:

I was completely intrigued by the idea of this book – the accident season, the one month in the year when one family is suddenly plagued with falls down the stairs, bumps to the head, and some more serious accidents too.

The story is incredibly well crafted: all the different plot lines laced together well, and everything felt plausible, despite the idea the accident curse. But what really drove the book was the relationships. I enjoyed the romance ones as they were delicate and real (and awkward in some cases) with no insta-love to be found. But I loved that at the heart of it were the siblings and their relationships with each other.

While we’re on the relationships, I did find one (I won’t name it, but you’ll understand when you read it) a little odd and awkward at first, but the way it was written was so touching and tender that I was completely rooting for them to get together, despite the obvious barriers.

This book was recommended to me after mentioning I liked to see LGBTQ+ relationships and characters in stories that aren’t all about ‘coming out’ – don’t get me wrong, I think those kind of stories are important, especially within YA, but I love it when those types of characters are in a story and it isn’t all about their sexuality: that’s just part of who they are, rather than what the story is about. And that’s what happened in this story, and I really appreciated it.

There was a bit of a mystery feel to this as Cara tried to find the elusive Elsie, and I loved how everything tied together towards the end in a way I didn’t expect and was also very satisfying. Some of the scenes were just spectacularly written: the party scene in particular felt like a perfect depiction of that drunk feeling where nothing seems to happen in the right order and everything moves too fast.

The magical elements of the story were a little odd to me at times. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy them, and some of it certainly added a creepy feeling to the proceedings, but it was the kind of thing I didn’t want to overthink too much, as if trying to analyse it would just confuse me.

This is a wonderful story with some of the most beautifully crafted characters I have read in a while, and I can’t recommend that you read it enough.

My Verdict:

4

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