Thursday, 7 August 2014

Review: Out of Tune by Beth Reekles

Title: Out of Tune
Author: Beth Reekles
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Genre: Contemporary
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Corgi
Publication Date: 3rd July 2014

Tell Me About It
Ashley Bennett is a straight-A student in her junior year of high school, and life is looking good: she's got a boyfriend whom she loves, a group of friends who love to party... But really, Ashley loves to curl up at home with a good book, and she can't wait to go to college. When junior year starts, the life Ashley's settled into is turned upside down - the empty house next door has finally been sold, and moving in is Todd O'Connor...
When Ashley first meets Todd, he seems aloof and cocky, and she's reluctant to share a ride to school with him as her mom tells her to. As the two get to know each other, though, Ashley comes to realise that the mysterious, brooding Todd O'Connor, who all the girls are swooning over, is actually bookish and shy, and a little bit lonely. His dad passed away a few years ago, leaving him in the care of his uncle, and since then Todd has mostly kept to himself, his books, and his guitar.
And as Todd gets to know Ashley, he forces her to realise that her relationship with her boyfriend, Rob, isn't really making her happy - Rob is selfish, arrogant, and domineering. Will Ashley find the courage to forge her own path?

My Thoughts
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 fa├žade 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.

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