Thursday, 15 August 2013

Review: The Name on Your Wrist by Helen Hiorns

Title: The Name on Your Wrist
Author: Helen Hiorns
Author Info: Twitter
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Netgalley
Publication Date: 15th July 2013

Tell Me About It
It's the first thing they teach you when you start school. But they don't need to; your parents tell you when you're first learning how to say your name. It's drummed into you whilst you're taking your first stumbling steps. It's your lullaby. From the moment it first appears, you don't tell anyone the name on your wrist.

In Corin's world, your carpinomen - the name of your soul mate, marked indelibly on your wrist from the age of two or three - is everything. It's your most preciously guarded secret; a piece of knowledge that can give another person ultimate power over you. People spend years, even decades, searching for the one they're supposed to be with.

But what if you never find that person? Or you do, but you just don't love them? What if you fall for someone else - someone other than the name on your wrist?

And what if - like Corin - the last thing in the world you want is to be found?

The gripping debut novel from the winner of the inaugural Sony Young Movellist Award.

My Thoughts
Imagine that your soul mate, your carpinomen , knew who you were and vice versa.  Helen Hiorns has created a world were this is possible, each person has a name on their wrist of their soul mate, it is only known to them and remains covered at all times.
Corin is the protagonist in The Name on Your Wrist, as far as everyone is concerned her carpinomen is Thomas, or a variation of the name.  Colton is a fellow pupil that attends some of Corin's classes.  I didn't initially like him, putting him in the group of jocks, or self obsessed people, but when he helps Corin I did begin to change my mind about him, but the more he is in Corin's life the more I saw a different side to him, and I quickly began to warm towards him.

Corin doesn't have an easy life, her sister Jacinta isn't exactly stable and is constantly being rushed into hospital, because of this they don't move her up in school, which then affects Corin who is unable to move up and be a higher level than her older sister.  Her Mum also packed up their home after her Father's death, and move the three of them to a different house.  Both of these incidents are something that Corin hasn't fully recovered from or forgiven.

The first thing that drew me in about The Name on Your Wrist was the idea behind having someone's name on your wrist, knowing that there is someone out there for you, someone destined to be with you, but that also comes with consequences, if you date a few people knowing they aren't your carpinomen then you look bad to others and will be looked down upon.

The Name on Your Wrist was an intriguing book that constantly kept me on my toes, just when I thought I had figured Corin out something else is thrown into the situation that had me rethinking my ideas.  When I got towards the final pages of the book I was shocked, shocked by the name on her wrist, shocked by the name on his wrist, and shocked by the name on Jacinta's wrist.  When Jacinta's story is actually explained my heart broke for her, she tried to be there for Corin in her own way that just didn't work for Corin.  She wanted to protect her from what she went through but she just went the wrong way about it and then Corin ended up being mixed up in it.  The ending of The Name on Your Wrist has me wanting more and I hope there will be a sequel at some point to see what comes from these revelations.

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