Title: The Accident Season
Author: Moira Fowley-Doyle
Pages: 288 pages
Published: August 18th, 2015
Genre: YA Thriller, Mystery
Source: Barnes & Noble Hardcopy
It's the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.
The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara's life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara's family becomes inexplicably accident-prome. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items- but injuries follow whenever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?
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If you read that synopsis and aren't already intrigued by this book, you aren't a human being. Readers, let's face it. We're always lured into the hands of publishers and booksellers when we hear a book such an amazing premise as this one. I've got to say that this book makes me more excited than presents on Christmas! I was so ready to dive in and prepare myself for the best.
The plot follows 17 Cara as she navigates through her life. Towards the end of every October, her family becomes accident-prone. Doesn't make sense? Well, think of it as a time of bad juju or bad luck. At this point in October, they just get some really bad bad bad luck and when I say bad bad bad luck, I mean so bad! They get bruises, scars, and sometimes someone is even killed during the accident season. Being apart of Cara's life for so long, she's learned to live her life with her mom, brother and sister normally, to say the least, but always aware that she has to be even more careful than she normally is. The entire book follows Cara and her family as they discover why this is happening and how can they stop it.
An important thing I wanted to talk about with this book was the writing style. This is a debut author so I had no idea idea what to expect from her writing, except I was thinking about sort of a Maggie Stiefvater style, since she likes to write about both magical realism and mysteries as well. The tone of her writing is immensely beautiful and it's so very eerie. The entire storyline follows a mysterious and magical realism theme but doesn't fail in bringing the best of both words because, yeah, you could be magical and creepy at the same time.
The story is so well put together and composed, it's like reading a post off of The Huffington Post. It's cryptic and yet up to self-interpretation. The concept was not hard to follow and it wasn't confusing me, but it might sound confusing to you guys when you're first reading it in the synopsis.
The characters are weird and eccentric, all things I find admirable in mystery novels and every character in this book had their own personality. The three four main characters in the book- Cara, Sam, Bea, and Alice- resembled teenagers in the olden days where life was just about drinking, popularity, and going to parties instead of studying. They were carefree and all so lovable that even their faults didn't cause a rift in the story.
What I loved most about these characters was that they weren't all perfect. Their flaws are made clear from the beginning and is carried out through the rest of the story. If it's one thing I don't like it's perfecting and cockiness, which this book took no part in showing. Cara, with her insecurity and inability to stand up for the things she wants most. Bea, with her freakishly weird talent of reading tarot cards and talking to ghost (I think). Sam, mostly with his shyness and same problem as Cara. Finally, Alice, with her scared mouse personality who wasn't able to stand up for herself when things got out of control.
Warning, there is a hell of a lot kissing. I didn't expect this book, especially because it's so wrapped up in it's plot and storyline, to have such a huge romance aspect. It hits you unexpectedly and the people that you think are going to end up together in the beginning, don't go out exactly as planned in the end.
These romances are a bit weirder than usual, but I assure you they all come down to one thing: true love. I couldn't have matched the pairs in this book better than Moira did.
The Accident Season is for those who don't want a straight-forward story and are looking to dip deeper with the characters as the book moves along. If you're looking for a good chill. Or maybe even just some strange characters. It tells of an incredible story of a family that doesn't just get bruised on the outside, but also on the inside. And it's for those who are looking for a real narrator to follow, someone who won't change the story or hide her feelings. Someone who will show you her scars, no matter how deep they go.