Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Unaccompanied MinorUnaccompanied Minor by Hollis Gillespie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

LOVED IT. I really loved it.

One of my favorite things about books published by Merit Press is that they are not your typical YA. Every book I've read from them has had some sort of unique factor to it. And UNACCOMPANIED MINOR is no exception! It was a breath of fresh air!

The voice of the main character was strong and full of personality from the very beginning. She made me smile throughout most of the book - such a ball of fire.

At first I thought the beginning of the book gave away the ending, but I was wrong. The plotline is non-linear, meaning things don't exactly happen in order. So that kept me on my toes and confused me a couple of times, because I'm used to the typical linear plotlines, but once I got into it I was able to follow along. So don't give up when you see the first few pages are unusual.

Several plot twists caught me by surprise (a good thing) and even made me gasp out loud. I couldn't believe what had happened! Ack. But that made me just want to keep reading to find out what would happen next.

My only pet peeve with the book was the overuse (and maybe even some misuse) of ellipses (you know ... those little dots).

I was a little confused with the final wrap-up, but overall the book was fantastic, and I highly recommend it.

There was no bad language, no sex, but there was minor violence (nothing too much for teenagers).

I look forward to reading more stories by this author and definitely by Merit Press.

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  2. Hey Margo. I was just looking for a good book, and since this one was only 1.99 on Amazon Kindle, I got it! It was an entertaining read for sure. I really tried to notice the ellipses, but every time I looked for them there weren't any. Must be a pet peeve of yours. I'm no punctuation police (as if you couldn't tell --drives my English teacher husband crazy). I would give it a 3 out of 5 though, because one) I'm stingy with my points, and two) I really think the author shouldn't have tried to make out the writing as if it were verbatim from the record cause seriously, no one talks like that. Especially not nearly-15-year-old girls! I don't care how precocious they are. Maybe a flashback scenario would have worked better or something. So, yeah, that's my pet peeve. It was also a tad bit on the unbelievable side --okay, so a lot-- but who cares? It was a fun story. Thanks for the recommendation. :)

    1. Yes, ellipses are a pet peeve of mine! ;) And yes, there were parts that were unbelievable, but I still got a kick out of the story. It made me smile a lot. I found it refreshing compared to the typical YA books out there. Thanks for taking the time to reply to my post! Happy reading. OH - and let me know if you find an awesome book that I simply must read. ;)

  3. I recently read Making Faces by Amy Harmon. If you like books like The Fault In Our Stars, you'd like this one. (I actually thought Amy's was better). I liked her other one, Running Barefoot too.