- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (11 Oct. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408825805
- ISBN-13: 978-1408825808
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,749,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Blink Once Paperback – 11 Oct 2012
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You can find love in unexpected places. Blink once for love, twice for heartache
About the Author
Cylin Busby is the author of several teen books and non-fiction articles as well as the acclaimed young adult memoir The Year We Disappeared. A former editor with Teen magazine, she now lives in Los Angeles, USA, with her family.
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The plot was most definitely interesting and well thought out/developed but personally I felt that the plot was rather obvious with its twists. There were little threads that while hinted at more of the plot were not developed. For example, the accident West had that put him in the hospital in the first place and his best friend's role in the accident.
The peripheral characters were interesting especially regarding their reactions to West's situation. The insight into the workings of the hospital and the way in which nurses deal with the patients gave that little something extra to the world building. The options available and the risks of each option made food for thought.
For me while this book was an interesting and different read I don't think it lived up to its full potential.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
This novel was up there with Stephen King, but not his real creepy books. It was fiction, and it had you going. It isn't something that will creep you out - where you are really on the edge like some of Kings book can do. It is along the lines of "The green mile" in the sense of "something special" something that could happen... I wish I could give you an example of what I mean, however I sure wouldn't want to give things away...
This book is good!!! I truly feel you won't have wasted your money or time if you buy & read this book... As I wrote in a review for "The year we disappeared". I read on average a few books a week, I don't very often take the time out to write a review, so for me it has to really be something I truly, truly enjoyed before I will spend my time to do so.
Thank you for listening to me...
Blink Once centers around a high-school senior, West, who lies in a hospital, paralyzed and heavily medicated. Only another patient, the mysterious Oliva, understands West's inner thoughts--including his haunting dreams. The author uses crafty techniques (such as semi-reliable narration) to guide her audience through West's lucid but confused dreamscape. As West grows to trust, depend on, and ultimately love Oliva, he learns of her past and why she stands at the center of his fate. Wonderful support characters such as Nurse Norris and Mike provide great contrasts and insights. At the end, there is a twist you'll never see coming.
Other YA novels (Harry Potter, Twilight and Hunger Games, etc.) are well-written and clever, but ultimately shallow. The difference between reading JK Rowling and Cylin Busby is like the difference between watching a TV sitcom and seeing a live Broadway performance: the former simply entertains; the latter inspires. A writer at the top of her craft, Busby weaves her storytelling with mystery, poignancy and wit.
Blink Once is a book a parent can be excited to give to a teenager (as I have), knowing that it will not only entertain their imaginations, but also expand their minds. Order this book, and keep an eye on this author; she is bound for great things ahead.
Someone mentioned that this book really didn't have a happy ending. I think it does. It really doesn't matter in the plot whether West walks again or not, or if he and Olivia are a couple or not. The point is that everyone winds up where they should be in their life. And that makes for a satisfying read.