Thursday, 7 August 2014
Review: Out of Tune by Beth Reekles
I have only read one of Beth's books so far, but I new I had to read Out of Tune. The minute I began reading I found it hard to put this book down, the tension between Ashley and Todd kept me questioning what would happen between this duo, how much could their friendship survive, and when would they act on the possible feelings they had. It also left me wanting to know what Ashley really saw in Rob and how much longer could she pretend to be one of the popular crowd.
Ashley is lost, trying to swim in waters that she had no business being in. Her 'friends' are far too interested in the hottest boy, the latest fashion, and what party they are going to, and Beth has done a great job of portraying how uncomfortable Ashley is in this crowd. She left her old friendship for the sake of a boy, and this façade she puts up really can't last much longer. The more she thinks about Todd, the more the cracks begin to show as she zones out during lunchtime conversations. Rob isn't exactly the best person to be with, yes he is popular, but that is all there is too him, and there are plenty of times I wanted to give him a whack around the head for his attitude and blatant disrespect for Ashley.
Out of Tune was a quick read, and I liked how although we are given hints we are left to the last few chapters before we get told what happens between Ashley, Rob, and Todd. I really liked how Beth has portrayed Ashley and she really comes across as someone out of her depth, but also willing to make a stand and not follow everyone else. The only thing I have a problem with is the title, when I began reading I was expecting a lot more musical related things in this book, however after finishing it I can see how the title relates to Ashley in a round about way.