I admire Steph Bowe for a couple of simple reasons. 1) She’s Australian. 2) She’s a teen author. 3) She’s an Australian teen book author! Which is what I want to be someday. I mean, I may not get there as a teen, but the point is that someone MY AGE wrote something THIS GOOD. The point is not that she’s a teenager. The point is that this is a very very good book.
Actually, this book kind of reminded me of…me. Of my writing. It was a bit crazy, a bit on the odd side, very light-hearted. Not as GOOD as this, obviously.
So, quick summary: Nina (the protagonist) is a girl in a family that robs banks. Just to supplement their income, as families do. Nothing heavy-duty. Just balaclavas and some guns without ammo (which is proved wrong later, but that’s a spoiler so I won’t go into it).
ALL THIS COULD END is written in third person, present tense. At first it kind of put me off. But then it grew on me. It preserved the uniqueness of the story, and the innocence, somehow. It’s also told from two perspectives: Nina and Spence. The romance between them is totally cute. Spence is the awkward guy who likes strange words, and Nina is…the guy that ends up holding a gun to his head in a bank robbery (this isn’t a spoiler. It happens in the prologue).
This is just a really NICE book. Like, I didn’t have to think too hard when I read it. It wasn’t massively emotional or dark or beautiful. It was just a really nice book. And sometimes that’s all you need – just a nice book to while away a trip to a country village.
I’m going to have to keep an eye on Steph Bowe, judging by this book.
The next book I will review will be The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants.