Review: Wildlife by Fiona Wood

Publisher: Poppy
Release Date: September 16th, 2014
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Series: N/A
Genre(s): Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Synopsis from Goodreads:

During a semester in the wilderness, sixteen-year-old Sib expects the tough outdoor education program and the horrors of dorm life, but friendship drama and an unexpected romance with popular Ben Capaldi? That will take some navigating.

New girl Lou has zero interest in fitting in, or joining in. Still reeling from a loss that occurred almost a year ago, she just wants to be left alone. But as she witnesses a betrayal unfolding around Sib and her best friend Holly, Lou can’t help but be drawn back into the land of the living.

Fans of Melina Marchetta, Rainbow Rowell, and E. Lockhart will adore this endearing and poignant story of first love, true friendship, and going a little bit wild.

my rambles

Special thanks to Poppy and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy for review!

I went into Wildlife very unsure of what to expect – will it be a cute and fun contemporary read, or will there be more to it? With Wildlife, I was happy to find that it was the perfect mix of both fun and serious topics.

Wildlife is a very character-driven book, with a writing style which did a wonderful job of really helping to emphasize the character’s personalities. But, that being said, I found it a little bit difficult to differentiate between the two POV characters, Sib and Lou. The writing style is very distinct and unique which made it a little harder for me to really get into the story. But, I did get used to it eventually and I think that the author’s style for telling the story really added to the book itself.

As for the actual story, Wildlife was a lot deeper and more serious than I was expecting it to be from the cover (yes I definitely judged the book by the cover). I think the author did a great job intertwining the serious and the fun. together to create a beautiful coming-of-age and friendship story.

The few problems that I did have were with the choices of certain characters and the relationships between characters. I won’t go into too much detail as not to spoil, but some of the choices and consequences of choices made by characters were quite predictable. Also, one friendship in particular really got on my nerves, and I hated one of the characters for staying friends with the other. It wasn’t a healthy friendship at all, but that was part of the story.

All in all, Wildlife was something different from the usual contemporary. The writing style was definitely unique and fresh, and the story was definitely heartwarming and relatable for those who are the same ages as the characters, or those that remember being that age once. It really deals with growing up, relationships, and choices in a wonderful way. Just like the description says, fans of Rainbow Rowell and E. Lockhart will love reading Wildlife!


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