Book Review #16: Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones

“Blink, man, what were you thinking? Sneaking into the hotel for a hot breakfast-hot scraps of someone else’s breakfast, really. Couldn’t you just feel that it was a wrong place/wrong time scenario? Even before you heard the banging and saw those dudes in suits jet it out of room 1616? Now you’re not only a witness to a crime: you’re linked to it, thanks to the smartphone you were stupid enough to jack from the room.

And then there’s Caution. As in ‘Caution: Contents under pressure.’ She’s also on the run, from a skeezy drug-dealer boyfriend and from a nightmare in her past that won’t let her go. The last thing she needs right now is some skinny-ass street punk spouting crazy conspiracy theories, but something about Blink tugs at her heart-a heart she thought deserved not to feel.

Charged with suspense and intrigue, this taut novel follows two compelling characters as they forge a fated, tender partnership.”

To be honest here, I seriously could not put this book down unless there was something I had to do. The beginning although, it caught me off guard because the character’s vernacular was difficult to read at first and gave me a headache to read between the lines.

You get used to Blink’s and Caution’s mixed up style of thoughts after a while and you feel as if your following real teenagers who have spent more than a year not knowing where their next meal is coming from. Wynne-Jones captured their teenage thoughts perfectly and slipped in a few flashbacks to fill in some missing pieces to each character’s development.

This novel was an amazing and suspenseful read, and made it even better that it was set in Canada and written by a Canadian author. I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading this book, always anxious to turn the next page and to find out what becomes of the hijinks the characters get themselves mixed up in.

The use of second person for Blink’s chapters was also interesting, I guess it made you more invested in his character. In Caution’s chapters, it seemed she was mostly referred to as “She”, could it represent the loss of her identity? Maybe.

There were a few loose threads not tied up at the end (did Blink’s mother finally break it off with his abusive Stepdaddy? Did Blink ever find his father, Ginger again?), but the happy ending was enjoyable.

My Rating
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