Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Review: Wintertown by Stephen Emond


Every winter, straight-laced, Ivy League bound Evan looks forward to a visit from Lucy, a childhood pal who moved away after her parent's divorce. But when Lucy arrives this year, she's changed. The former "girl next door" now has chopped dyed black hair, a nose stud, and a scowl. But Evan knows that somewhere beneath the Goth, "Old Lucy" still exists, and he's determined to find her... even if it means pissing her off.

Garden State meets Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist in this funny and poignant illustrated novel about opposites who fall in love.


Published December 5th 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The Elliott Review:

This book drew me in with its realistic characters and situations. I felt like I was reading an account of actual people and the events that happened to them over the course of their lives. The story starts from Evan's perspective, and I loved his way of approaching the world. He's intelligent and hard-working and obedient - all the things his parents love, but he's also creative and fun-loving deep down, something that has become somewhat surpressed over the years in his attempt to please his parents.

When Evan sees Lucy again this year, the comfortable and familiar things about her seem to have disappeared. Even as he wonders about her, Lucy is hiding things in her new life from him, aching to tell him and really, really scared. Halfway through, the narrative switches to Lucy's perspective and the reader is able to see the mess her life as become, how confused and scared she is. Seeing Evan from her eyes makes him even more lovable.

My favorite part about this book is that it wasn't your typical ending where all problems are fixed absolutely. In keeping with the realism of the story, the resolution of the plot is real. For Evan and Lucy to have any kind of a future together, they have to grow and change, and that process is not easy.

I also really enjoyed the comic strips interspersed throughout the text along with the illustrations. It helps showcase the eclectic, interesting friendship that Evan and Lucy have built over time as well as Evan's talent.

Young Adult Notes:

Mild sexual references, mild language, sensitive topics.

Source: Thanks for Faye at Little, Brown for providing a copy of this title for a fair review.


  1. I want to read this!! I'm starting to like contemporary YA more and more. Also, I lurv this cover!

  2. Love that the resolution wasn't just a tidy neat bow at the end. :) Can't wait to read this one ~ I've been pining for it since I read the synopsis with the cover for the first time.

    I want to see more comments like Jackie's (above)! More and more people need to read contemporary YA ~ there's such variety in it and you can really get to read about people you feel as though you could actually know in real life.

  3. Oh I love books that end realistically instead of "hollywood style". I'm intrigued by this one the reviews seems really mixed.

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