Thursday, 26 February 2009

Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine

When the good-looking boy with the American accent presses the dropped negative into Rowan's hand, she's sure it's all a big mistake. Rowan has more responsibilities than most girls her age. These days, she pretty much looks after her little sister single-handedly -- which doesn't leave much time for friends or fun. So when she finds out that Bee from school saw the whole thing, it piques her curiosity. Who was the boy? Why was he so insistent that the negative belonged to Rowan?

This is one of the most original novels I've read in a long time. Jenny Valentine managed to keep me intrigued throughout the whole of the book, and I never once had a clue what the conclusion would be.

All the characters are engaging and real, as well as layered and complex. I particularly liked Stroma, Rowan's six year old sister. She's your typical child, yet she has more maturity and sincerity than a lot of adults possess. Harper, the boy with the negative, is also another favourite of mine. He ends up playing such a huge role in Rowan's life that it's hard not to completey fall in love with him. He's selfless and generous, and is as genuine a character as you can hope to read about.

I highly, highly recommend this book. Not only will it keep you guessing, but it will also make you appreciate everyone in your life. Oh, and good news for anyone in the US: Broken Soup is due for publication in April. Put it on your reading lists... you won't be disappointed!

11 comments:

Chicklish said...

Ah, I loved this book. Great review!

H said...

Ahhh! Every time I visit your blog I seem to add a new book to my list and it's too long already :) This looks interesting

Steph Su said...

I can't wait until I can get my hands on this one. After reading Jenny Valentine's first novel she is sure quickly on the way to being one of my favorite authors. Her writing style and story ideas are just so intriguing!

Laina said...

Hey, this one should be your next cover-comparing post.

prophecygirl said...

Great idea Laina. The US one looks so, well, boring!

Thao said...

I want to read this book, and this time the US cover won haha<3

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I loved this book! I can't wait to read her next, The Ant Colony.

towerofbooks said...

I want to read this book! The UK and USA covers look completely different. :P

H said...

That's strange Jenny - I thought the US cover looked cool. Though I love the UK one.
Oh and following your recommendation I got hold of a copy and have finished it already. Yummy :)

Kelly said...

Loved this one! Do y'all know when Ant Colony is supposed to come out in the US?

Loraine said...

You have a nice and short review! Here's mine if you don't mind: http://lorxiebookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/08/broken-soup-by-jenny-valentine.html

Thanks and have a nice day! :)