Sunday, August 25, 2013

4 to 16 characters by Kelly Hourihan Book Review

4 to 16 Characters by Kelly Hourihan
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Young Adult,
Format: eBook

Book Blurb (Courtesy of Goodreads):

Fifteen-year-old Jane Shilling’s best friends don’t know her real name. In fact, they don’t know anything about her at all. Jane’s life has collapsed in the last few years; following the death of her mother, her father turned to drinking, and Jane is reeling from the double blow. To escape, Jane devises a number of online personas, each with a distinct personality, life history, and set of friends. But things become trickier when she finds herself drawing close to some of her online friends, and winds up struggling with the question of how to maintain a real friendship while masquerading as a fake person. With the help of Gary, a socially awkward classmate and competitive Skeeball player who is Jane’s only offline friend, and Nora, her therapist, Jane begins to sift through her issues. The only catch is that that involves taking a long, hard look at what her life’s like when the computer is shut off, and that’s a reality she’s been fighting for years.

*copy provided courtesy of NetGalley*

What an ingenious take on internet personas, fandoms, and realistic life situations.

This is story felt so realistic to life, to my own life. I've seen some of me in Jane. I think I may even know a "Jane." I instantly connected with this story. Maybe it was the format, maybe it was the characters. It was most likely both but I was immediately attracted to the writing style. It couldn't have been any more fitting to the storyline.

I'm pretty excited that the author chose to take on this story in this way. I'm even more excited that she wrote it because it's so real. I'm so sure there are a lot of people out there like Jane that will read this that are like "OMG that's me. And I'm sure there are people that see themselves in her that are cringing right now but this story should make us uncomfortable. That's the kind of story it is.

I think contemporary is slowly becoming my favorite genre. I love realistic fiction and this one is definitely a new favorite.

It was humorous, heartbreaking, uplifting, and most importantly it was real. I loved it so much. It was amaze balls. I'm floored by it's creativity, it's realness, and it's content. I can't wait to actually buy it! (Oh, and the ending was perfect!)
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  1. This book sounds very interesting! Thanks for your recent visit to my blog. I am now following you through email. Have a great reading week.

  2. This is the third REALLY positive review I've read about this book in just a couple of days!

    It sounds so true-to-life and I know I'm probably going to see a bit of myself in Jane.

    Can't wait to get my hands on this :)

    Allie @ Little Birdie Books

  3. Everyone who's review I've read have LOVED this book. I guess I'll have to give this book a closer peek :D Great review!
    Happy reading

    1. It's totally worth picking up. I hope if you do, you love it as much as I did. :)

  4. I've seen a couple of good review of this so I may have to check it out. Interesting premise, reminds me a bit of that TV show Catfish, although that's about online dating (although it's about people creating these fake online personas). Great review! ~Pam

    1. Yeah I love that show. It's a great book. I would check it out!