Title: The Accident Season
Author: Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Publication: August 18th 2015 by Kathy Dawson Books
Format: Advance Reading Copy
Source: Provided by the publisher via NetGalley
Every October Cara and her family become inexplicably and unavoidably accident-prone. Some years it’s bad, like the season when her father died, and some years it’s just a lot of cuts and scrapes. This accident season—when Cara, her ex-stepbrother, Sam, and her best friend, Bea, are 17—is going to be a bad one. But not for the reasons they think.
Cara is about to learn that not all the scars left by the accident season are physical: There’s a long-hidden family secret underneath the bumps and bruises. This is the year Cara will finally fall desperately in love, when she’ll start discovering the painful truth about the adults in her life, and when she’ll uncover the dark origins of the accident season—whether she’s ready or not.
I received a digital ARC of this book from Penguin Young Readers Group via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. By no means have my review been affected and/or influenced.
The Accident Season is a book that is borderline realistic and magical. It isn’t the first time I’ve heard of the term Magical Realism but it is my first time to read a book in the genre.
October is the month where Cara’s family becomes accident prone. From small cuts to concussions, from near-death experiences to actual passing. This year is one of the worst, or so the cards say, according to Bea, Cara’s tarot reading friend. But the accident season isn’t the only thing that’s bothering Cara.
The Accident Season has some sort of a vibe that makes it dark and mysterious. While I was visualizing the scenes in the book, I can’t help but project them like a movie using a blue filter. I don’t know, but it has that effect on me. Well, the title alone gives off an eerie feel to it, the plot even.
It wasn’t difficult to get around this book in the beginning but it dragged a little bit towards the middle. There were also parts in the book where I felt like I was in a daze especially in the parts with Cara’s fantasy-like trance with the changelings and its symbolism but it’s unusual premise was so distinct that I somehow managed to get into it.
There were a lot of things going on aside from the accidents, there’s an unconventional romance, family issues, a mysterious disappearance, big secrets and big revelations.
The Accident Season redefined the word different when it comes to YA books.
Characters – If you are looking for a book with non-stereotypical characters, The Accident Season is the perfect find. I love the different traits and personalities each character has. They were very real to me that I really felt different feelings toward these characters. (I also really like the name, Bea. 😛 )
Romance – No spoilers. 😉 But yes, I liked the romance in this book even if it didn’t mainly focus on that. I was already expecting it and I just couldn’t help my appetite for romance. I was screaming “just kiss already!” in my head.
Unusual – If I haven’t said it enough, The Accident Season is a strange, whimsical, bizarre, diverse read. Although these words wouldn’t give justice to the book unless you read it yourself.
Book description and cover image from Goodreads