by Kiersten White
The Short Story
Evie has basically everything she's ever wanted: a normal life, freedom from IPCA, a great boyfriend, and even a locker. But the thing about having a normal life is that sometimes it's boring. Especially if you've spent most of your life being one of the most skilled paranormal trackers ever. Evie's become a fish out of water, trying to wade through P.E. and a boring, messy job. So it makes sense that she starts to look for more interesting things to spend her time on, even if they aren't the best idea. Not as good as the original, but still a fun, fast read.
Come for the...
story you don't usually get to read about. I don't know that I've ever seen a character have to work out, and be a little disappointed with, having what they've always wanted. But I think it's a very common occurrence; you work hard in high school to get into college. And then college is actually even more hard work. Or you finish college and get a job, only to find that working full time is kind of crappy. Most books/series end with the "happily what I wanted ever after," so it was refreshing to see a book that tackles what happens after.
And, while I could relate to the situation, I still got frustrated at times with Evie. Even she pointed out that she shouldn't whine after getting exactly what she thought she wanted. I think it annoyed me because I do the same thing! Some of Evie's choices were exceptionally stupid, like lying to nearly everyone. But White's humor and quick pace kept me from ever getting too bogged down.
Stay for the
chapter titles, again; the unicorn; vampire/Twilight jabs; the lack of formulaic tropes (like a love triangle); the final book in the series, Endlessly
Don't think about this too hard
- I occasionally wanted to yell various things at Evie, like "Maybe try to figure out who you'd like to be" or "Being someone's girlfriend isn't much of an identity" Sometimes Evie got frustrating.
- The ending didn't quite work for me. And that's really all I'll say about it.
The Big Three
Language: the bleeps continue
Sex and Stuff: not an issue
Violence: not an issue