Book Thoughts: WinterTown by Stephen Emond

Every winter, straight-laced, Ivy League bound Evan looks forward to a visit from Lucy, a childhood pal who moved away after her parent’s divorce. But when Lucy arrives this year, she’s changed. The former “girl next door” now has chopped dyed black hair, a nose stud, and a scowl. But Evan knows that somewhere beneath the Goth, “Old Lucy” still exists, and he’s determined to find her… even if it means pissing her off.

If you’re looking for a nice book to curl up with this winter, WinterTown is for you. The novel begins with two best friends, Evan and Lucy, spending the last moments together before Lucy has to go back to her mom’s house. Right from the start, the characters had me laughing. It is always a good sign when a book can make you laugh from page one.

Evan is such a lovable character. Throughout the whole novel I kept asking “why aren’t there any guys like this at my school?!” His moodiness, procrastination, and jokes are easy to relate to. Also, Evan and Lucy’s relationship is totally realistic and relatable. The two are best friends, but they still they argue, laugh and enjoy the others’ company all the same. There is no such thing as a perfect relationship, because of that it was nice to see every side of theirs.

WinterTown is written in the third person but focuses on two protagonists. The first half focuses on Evan’s life and the other half is centered on Lucy. The reader becomes familiar with both characters and their backgrounds. Both Lucy and Evan have differing and unique opinions on certain topics in their lives and a lot of emotions go back and forth between them resulting from that. there are situations in this novel that are serious, but not once was I moved by either character’s emotions. For example, Lucy has a lot of hurt and Evan has a lot of pressure put on him, but I never felt that hurt or pressure. I wish I had been able to connect more emotionally with the characters and because I didn’t I was never pulled completely into the story.

On the other hand, the illustrations are a really nice touch to the book. They are fun to read and make the story more interactive, fun and enjoyable. It was cool to see Evan’s drawings instead of just imagining them. I hope Stephen Emond continues to make novels this way!

The story overall is humorous and creative as it follows the ups and downs of Lucy and Evan. It follows the theme of “people are not always what they appear to be” in an original way. I suggest you check out this book this winter!

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