My rating: 2 of 5 stars
*Thank you James Lorimer & Company for sending me an ARC of this book (via Netgalley) in exchange for an honest review.*
This piece of literature is actually more like a short story than a novel. It’s less than 200 pages long, so it’s logically a quick read. I am normally fond of fast-paced stories because they are usually hard to put down. However, in the case of this “novel,” the latter description cannot be applied. Because of its length, many aspects of the plot were left unexplored, and the development of the characters was so abrupt, it was practically MAGIC. I was completely caught off-guard by the ending, but it was not in a positive way; I was utterly rendered confused and distraught.
Nevertheless, I don’t want my review to be completely pessimistic, so I shall try to look at the glass half full. If anything, Gone Wild features a heartwarming discourse on relevant issues like foster care, pregnancy/abortion, and parental estrangement. The protagonists, Seth and Brooke, suddenly have a mountain escapade, yearning for a “break” from their respective families whom they deem as abusive, controlling, or neglectful. Yes, it is typical for teens to entertain such feelings (which are sometimes delusional), but I was still moved by the circumstances which made these characters feel unloved. Believe me, their reasons were 100 percent, tug-at-your-heartstrings legit. Now, although the ending was indeed unsatisfactory, I’m quite happy that Seth and Brooke were at least able to attain a sense of closure and personal empowerment.
In the end, I would not recommend Gone Wild to readers who are searching for great samples of YA literature. As signified by my 2-star rating, it was just “okay,” and I don’t see myself remembering the story for a very long time. However, if you are currently in a reading slump, then I think this book might be perfect for you. I’m sure its unconventional abruptness would do the trick. 😉