Wednesday, 13 February 2008

First Day by Allyson Braithwaite Condie

Jobs. Missions. College. Love. In the sequel to Yearbook, the characters are in the middle of it all. Two and a half years after we left off, Andrea Beckett is a junior at Cornell University in New York. She's caught up in the whirlwind of finals, decisions about jobs . . . and decisions about love, too. Dave Sherman has returned home from his mission, and they will have to decide where their romance is going. In addition to everything else, Andrea just received the assignment to teach early-morning seminary to a group of eight high school students, who all have their own decisions to make and challenges to overcome. Meanwhile, Andrea's brother Ethan is serving a mission in Brazil. The language is new, the culture is different, and sometimes being Elder Beckett is harder than he expected.

I have to admit, I had a hard time getting into this book. The chapters jump from character to character, all written in the first person, so I often found myself trying to figure out who was speaking. Every time I started caring about what was happening, the chapter would end and I would lose the momentum of the story. That said, the characters were well-developed and believable, as were the situations they found themselves in. The book was well written and the author definitely has a way with words.


Josi said...

I haven't read this one yet--and I'm running out of time--but I've heard similar feedback as this. Too bad. Sometimes formating works and sometimes it just doesn't. I appreciate the honest review, that's hard to do sometimes.

Tristi Pinkston said...

I liked the more literary bent to this book -- we haven't seen that very much in the LDS market and it's a refreshing change.

Stephanie Humphreys said...

I don't mind the literary style, but I still wish the transition between characters had been less confusing.

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