Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Read This: Elevated
by Elana Johnson
The Summary Says:
The last person seventeen-year-old Eleanor Livingston wants to see on the elevator—let alone get stuck with—is her ex-boyfriend Travis, the guy she's been avoiding for five months.
Plagued with the belief that when she speaks the truth, bad things happen, Elly hasn’t told Trav anything. Not why she broke up with him and cut off all contact. Not what happened the day her father returned from his deployment to Afghanistan. And certainly not that she misses him and still thinks about him everyday.
But with nowhere to hide and Travis so close it hurts, Elly’s worried she won’t be able to contain her secrets for long. She’s terrified of finally revealing the truth, because she can’t bear to watch a tragedy befall the boy she still loves.
This was a really interesting story. I've never read a YA book in verse before, but it reads like all the great epic poems of the past. The tone is more somber than I'd expected from the vibrant cover, but it was really gripping from start to finish.
Elevated is just over 200 pages, but I appreciated how much emotion and suspense are packed into such a small space. The book opens as Elly finds herself stuck in an elevator with Travis, her former best (more than) friend. And through a series of well-placed flashbacks the reader gets glimpses at all the things that brought the two from close friends to not speaking. Elly was an interesting character that I really felt for. She's been through a lot, and takes blame for even more. I loved seeing her growth in the story. Every time I began to doubt where her character was going, Johnson moved the story in a realistic way.
If I had any complaints it's that I would have liked to get more of a feel for Travis. I wasn't as sympathetic toward him as I think I was supposed to be, and definitely not to the level Elly was. Having grown up in Chicago myself there were a couple things here and there that struck me as inaccurate (if Travis' mom is on drugs and having money is a constant issue, he wouldn't have a car. Or live in a building with a doorman). But those things won't stick out to most readers, who are otherwise in for a really quick, intense read.
Just So You Know:
I received a free review copy from the author in exchange for an honest opinion. Elevated is available today!