Friday, June 19, 2015

Review + Giveaway: Flick by Abigail Tarttelin

Rating: 4 Cups of Coffee

From the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of Golden Boy comes Abigail Tarttelin's debut novel, written when she was just nineteen and never before published in America, a modern-day Romeo and Juliet about sex, love, and growing up. 

My name is Flick and these are my images of my disconnected life, my forgettable weeks and unforgettable weekends. I am one of the disaffected youth. 

Marooned by a lack of education (and lack of anything better to do), Will Flicker, a.k.a. "Flick," spends most days pondering the artistry behind being a stoner, whether Pepsi is better than Coke, and how best to get clear of his tiny, one-horse suburb. But Flick senses there’s something else out there waiting for him, and the sign comes in the form of the new girl in town—a confident, unconventionally beautiful girl named Rainbow. As their relationship develops, Flick finds himself torn between the twisted loyalty he feels to his old life and the pull of freedom that Rainbow represents. 

The story unfolds in a small factory town in northern England, where bleak and sometimes treacherous circumstances make the taste of a love affair even sweeter. Told with humor and raw honesty, in a voice "both authentic and compelling" (GQ, UK), Flick captures an unforgettable moment in the life of a young man on the verge.

Natasha’s Experience:
"The thing is, Flick, life wasn’t meant to be perfect. Perfect is a concept human beings created because we are intrinsically afraid."

I am so happy to have finally read another book by Abigail Tarttelin. I thoroughly enjoyed this read about a boy named William Flicker and the rollercoaster that is his teenage life. I don’t know if I love Flick (the character, not the book), or even entirely like him, but I did like living inside of his head. He’s selfish, careless at times and sometimes a downright asshole. However, just because a character isn’t likable doesn’t make him any less real. He’s growing up, confused about where he wants to go in life and terrified of change. He’s the kind of guy who wholeheartedly sticks to a routine because it’s easy and effortless.

“Life is so transient and ultimately (although this might not be everyone’s opinion, it’s mine) meaningless.”

Flick meets Rainbow, a lovely teenage girl, who becomes a sort of shining light in Flick’s dull and colorless world. I loved Rainbow something fierce because you can easily see how selfless she is. She cares for Flick and only wants him to see how worthy he is of a different life away from all of the drugs and alcohol. She believes in his future, a future he himself can hardly see with his perpetually clouded mind.

“The thing about Rainbow was that she knew the truth in people.”

The storyline was a bit slow at times, but I became extremely invested toward the second half of the story. I desperately needed to see how Flick was going to get himself out of the drama that he became enveloped in unscathed.

“Everything is hard. If you’re going to try for something, might as well be something you really want.”

The ending of the story was what really got me. I loved it completely and unabashedly because it was exactly what this story needed. The message I took from this book was that you cannot possibly change for someone else. You need to want to be better, do better, for yourself.

Thank you, Abby, for this wondrous read! I love love love your writing style and your words of wisdom. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

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