Thursday, 11 September 2014

Review: Unstoppable by Liz Bankes

Publisher: Piccadilly Press
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: July 3rd, 2014
Rating: 8/10

Amazon summary:

How can you control your emotions when jealousy takes over? Rosie is excited and nervous as she prepares to go to uni, but there's one problem bigger than the others: Cleo - infamous boyfriend stealer - is going to be her boyfriend's new housemate. Can Rosie maintain her relationship in the face of this super confident man-eater? And can she control her own mounting insecurities? Or is she simply becoming a green-eyed monster herself? This whole jealousy thing is becoming completely unstoppable.


I've enjoyed all of Liz Bankes's books, particularly Undeniable. Her latest offering, Unstoppable, is another brilliant YA contemporary from an author who is fast becoming one of my UK favourites, thanks to her realistic characterisation and snappy, intelligent dialogue.

In this book, Rosie moves to Oxford for an internship, and also moves in with her boyfriend of a year, Cal. He has roommates, including new girl Cleo, and suddenly Rosie starts to feel insecure about their relationship. What follows is a typical look at teenagers and how drama can manifest itself from almost nothing, throwing a spanner in the works and threatening everything from romantic relationships to friendships.

I enjoyed Unstoppable and read it in one sitting, connecting to the characters from very early on (it helps that old favourites are present once again) and really becoming invested in Rosie and Cal's story. It's a realistic portrayal of university-aged teenagers and what goes on in their heads, and seeing them in a slightly older environment is always a welcome change. There are more opportunities open to them - like jobs and living alone - which Bankes really capitalises on here.

I don't often find myself *really* liking YA romantic contemporary books written by British authors. I personally think the US just does it so much better, but recently there have been a few homegrown writers contesting that. Lisa Glass did it very well with Blue, Lobsters is one of the year's best titles and now here's Unstoppable to add to the mix. I can't wait to read more from Liz Bankes, and I urge you all to give her books a read. I guarantee you'll enjoy them as much as I do.

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