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Thursday, September 19, 2013

REVIEW: Twigs, by Alison Ashley Formento

One pint-sized girl. Ten supersized crises. And it’s high noon.

They call her “Twigs,” because she’ll never hit five feet tall. Although she was born early, and a stiff breeze could knock her over, Twigs has a mighty spirit. She needs it, as life throws a whole bucket of rotten luck at her: Dad’s an absentee drunk; Mom’s obsessed with her new deaf boyfriend (and Twigs can’t tell what they’re saying to each other). Little sister Marlee is trying to date her way through the entire high school; Twigs’ true love may be a long-distance loser after a single week away at college, and suddenly, older brother Matt is missing in Iraq. It all comes together when a couple of thugs in a drugstore aisle lash out, and Twigs must fight to save the life of the father who denied her.
Another case of "I want to like this character, but..." There's just not enough to her to take me all the way there.
Twigs is incredibly immature, yet trying so hard to be seen as an adult. She's just not mature-acting enough to make be believe she's 18 years old.
I also just had problems with the story line. Honestly, I felt like Formento had about 6 too many problems for this one girl to deal with. There's the boyfriend, the bullies coming into the store, the brother missing in the Middle East, the failing at community college during the first week, the dad-drama, the difficult mom, the know it all sister, and then the random woman she meets who's going crazy in the midst of her divorce. UGH...pick one or don't have to use EVERY idea you have.
Yet, even with a million things going on, it felt like it took for-ev-er for anything to happen. 
I will say this...Formento is dead on with some of her descriptions. I could SEE the people, I could FEEL the environment. 
It just wasn't believable or even a good story line. With too many things happening and a main character I'm not sure anyone (even Coop--the new love interest) could like in real life.

What do you think??

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook galley from F+W/Adams Media (Merit Press) through the netGalley publisher/reader connection program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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