Alex Bernard Bernard itibaren Kvetoslavov, Slovakya
This book was so good. It kind of reminded me of the Giver. Tally lives in a futuristic society where everyone turns "pretty" on their 16th birthday. When she meets Shay, Tally learns all new things about her city and surrounding cities. Now Tally's not sure if she wants to turn pretty or if she'll be allowed to. Throw in a romance and it's perfect!!
Everything about this book was really good; the characters were nuanced and believable, the plot was just the right amount of complicated (enough to be interesting all the way through, not so much that reading it was a slog, or to seem ridiculous), the writing was good (maybe a little overly detailed for my taste, but that's purely personal). I didn't love the book, though. It's probably mostly that so much of the book was courtroom drama, and that's not where my mystery-reading heart lies. A Grisham lover, I am not. Also, because it was a first-person narrative, and because the big question was "did the protagonist kill her", he had to straddle a line between being a guy you could root for, but also one you suspect to be a rapist/murderer. Turow did an excellent job of writing that guy and straddling that line, but it meant I wasn't identifying with him, wasn't loving him. I wasn't emotionally involved in his fate, but the story and storytelling were good enough that I was still an extremely motivated reader.