Title: The Accident Season
Author: Moira Fowley-Doyle
Publication Date: August 18th 2015
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
“All witches keep their kisses in everyday objects, so that their hearts won’t break too often.”
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-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever 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? – Excerpt from Goodreads.
This was one of the bigger surprises for me this year. I didn’t expect to think much of this one and only picked it up on a whim and ended up just loving it.
The Accident Season is about a family who seems to be almost cursed. Every year around October (has to be Halloween month, right?) the family starts mysteriously having a bunch of “accidents” among them. Whether it be breaking bones, falling down stairs or just bumping into a table, something is always happening to them. This year they have been warned that it’s going to be the worst yet.
I don’t even know how to go into this review. The Accident Season is such a strange little book, it’s not exactly what it appears to be from it’s summary. This book deals with some heavy issues and doesn’t shy away from them. It tackles domestic abuse, sexual orientation, sexual abuse, relationship lines, etc. I was really surprised how many issues they talked about openly and didn’t sugar coat it. The teens in this book were amazing, the development of these characters made me care so much about each and every one of them. I loved at how much they focused on the friendship of these people, it wasn’t typical at all. These kids LOVED each other. They were damaged but they were there for each other through some pretty messy stuff. I wish more book would show this kind of solidarity in their relationships.
There is a paranormal element to this book, it’s not scary at all. It’s quite an interesting part of the book and I didn’t know where it was leading, which always makes me happy. The writing in the book is beautiful, very easy to get swept away with it. I can’t really think of a lot of cons to this book for me. I guess the writing at times went a little overboard, it almost got too poetic to the point where it could be confusing.
I think this is a love it or hate it kind of book. This book could easily confuse readers and; therefore, frustrate them. At the same time, it’s a book that is very different and I think a lot of readers would find it refreshing. Give a try for yourself.