by Stephanie Perkins (Goodreads Author)
It is interesting to see an author like Stephanie Perkins, who really has made her bread and butter with YA contemporary romances, write something that is, essentially, a teen slasher-flick at its heart. Like, wow, OKAY, that is way out in left field and I 100% commend Perkins for doing something very different from what we’d expect from her.
I mean…there is a romance in here, but it’s also very much a slasher thriller.
But, see, that’s kind of the problem: this book is very clunky. The two elements of this teen romance and the teen slasher-flick story don’t always gel very well — it ends up coming across more like a B-movie than something where, when I finished, I thought “that was really good.”
It’s certainly entertaining in its macabre way — the way that only slasher films really can be entertaining — and when Stephanie Perkins wants to crank it up to eleven, she does so with gusto. I’d actually be interested in seeing her write more thrillers and continuing in this darker vein.
Maybe next time just ease off the romance.