ARC kindly provided by Allen & Unwin in exchange for an honest review.
Title: Sophie Someone
Author: Hayley Long
Published: 25 June 2016
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Straight away I knew that ‘Sophie Someone’ was going to be one of those novels written to enlighten its readers in finding themselves and the hardships everyday teenagers face. A story about the REAL world. One that I knew may either make me:
2. Get depressed
3. Over emotional
4. Throw the book against the wall.
But I haven’t picked one of these up in a little while, and so decided to give it a go for better or for worse. So here are my thoughts:
I was SO confused at the beginning. Be prepared to learn Sophie’s personal language. It wasn’t too complicated, she would mostly substitute different words that start with the same letter. E.g. Helix for head, don for Dad. It was a special thing that I liked at times but…didn’t so much at others.
I also really enjoyed the beginning. There was this mystery that surrounded everything and it just made me excited to learn about this new adventure. Sophie was a person who wasn’t sure who she was and the fact that this story was about finding herself, allowed me to connect with her troubles.
I didn’t like the complication (or the middle) of the novel. It was such a weird part in the novel and I felt really disconnected from it. There wasn’t anything that held my interest for long, and even though I kept reading, the story made me snooze. I felt like all of Sophie’s actions were very selfish…but also very justified. What also didn’t appeal to me was the lack of emotion that I felt towards the whole situation. I just didn’t feel fulfilled.
Even though this novel is target for all teen readers, I believe this would be better suited for readers twelve to sixteen. The only reason my recommended age range went up is because some of the words which Sophie substituted in were for actual swearing.
The conclusion was a lot better. I finally started to understand why the author was making her readers go on this long-winded journey.
I enjoyed the Hayley Long’s writing style: it made me realise why she has won so many awards. Her writing is not just words on a page, they keep trying to tell you something at every moment. This novel really explored the art of words; of being able to communicate and the barriers people may face with language. How we all have our very own language, too.
The character, whilst being a totally real person, was much too…real…for my liking. Maybe this is why I usually stick to action fiction as a general rule of thumb. On the other hand, the way the author created her characters was absolutely amazing. They were these mysterious people who you met at the beginning of the book and got to know them and their peculiarities and complexities as you progressed through the novel.
This was one of those good stories. Ones that inspire you and teach you all in one go. I think, reading this novel was something I won’t regret. There was just something satisfying in finishing it that I loved. In the end it was fulfilling.
Congratulations to Hayley Long on publishing a great read fit for teen hands!
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!