Title: The Accident Season
Author: Moira Fowley-Doyle
Publisher: Corgi (August 2015)
The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara's life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara's family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items - but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.
But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?The Accident Season is one of those weird, little novels that people will either love or hate. I had a similar experience reading We Were Liars. Basically, I can say right off the bat that if you enjoyed We Were Liars, then you need to read this. I found them to be very similar in mood and execution.
I really don't want to say anything specific about this for fear of giving away something critical. So this is going to be a very vague review.
This novel is, at its heart, a mystery. You are not entirely sure what the hell is going on for most of the book. But I found that to be compelling and kept me reading and guessing.
There is also a focus on the relationships between characters. The one relationship is a little bit... weird. And it might make some readers a little uncomfortable. It is not the conventional romance one would expect and, while it is not strictly wrong, it still kind of is.
I know, I am doing the review version of vaguebooking and I am sorry.
I did enjoy this book. It's a different YA which diverts from the usual tropes and I think those readers who are tired of reading the same, rehashed plots would really enjoy picking this up. But, it is far from perfect and can feel a little slow, even though the book is pretty short.
I also enjoyed that it wasn't set in America and felt like it too.
If you do want something easy and less than 350 pages, give this a go.