Sunday, July 27, 2014

Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Adrenaline CrushAuthor: Laurie Boyle Crompton
Publication: September 23, 2014
By: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
3 Stars
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When a daredevil teen pushes herself too far, she must choose between two boys: the one who wants to keep her safe, and the one who dares her to return to her old self.

Seventeen-year-old Dyna comes from a family of risk takers and is an avid thrill-seeker herself, until the day she splinters her ankle in a terrible fall. Her whole life goes from mountain biking and rock climbing to sitting at home and attending group sessions at the bizarre alternative healing center that her hippie mother found. The boy who witnessed Dyna’s accident believes her injury is a wakeup call and he encourages her mild new lifestyle, but a young Afghanistan War veteran she meets at the healing center pushes her to start taking chances again. Forced to face the consequences of her daredevil impulses, Dyna finds herself in danger of risking the one thing she’s always treated with caution—her heart.

*Thank you MacKidBooks for this ARC which I received in exchange for an honest review.*

The writing style took some getting used to but the story itself was fast paced and well told. I was surprised at how much was packed into such a small book too.

Dyna is an interesting character and despite my own urges to take risks, I had some trouble connecting with her. She acts without fear of pain or consequence and both of her parents are okay with it which seems pretty irresponsible to me. Her relationship with Jay develops at light speed and felt forced at times. I also didn't appreciate how his wanting to keep her safe was portrayed as a negative thing especially after what they experienced together. And then there's Pierce, another relationship that, while better matched, also happens at warp speed.

The book as a whole had a good message, learning to live life the way you want to but with boundaries

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