Hey lovelies and welcome back (or not, but still welcome) to Penumbra Reviews!
So … I accidentally died off the entire blogosphere once again and I apologize for it but … that doesn’t really matter that much … What really matters is that I have a lovely book to review for you! This is literally my first (physical*) review copy so I AM INCREDIBLY HAPPY GUYS. I CAN TAKE PICTURES OF SOMETHING. I AM SO HAPPY.
I’m writing a New Year’s post (yes … I’m that late …) that I’m hoping to have up by Monday (plus a couple other that I really want to have time to write but no promises …) so I’ll be back with that very soon but until then … here’s the review.
A giant shout out to the author Angie Thompson for sending me a real life book *dies*. Thank you so much Angie! **I was given a review copy in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts expressed are my own**
*I’ve done others in like blog tours etc …
– ABOUT THE BOOK –
Three boys. One choice. No turning back.
Peyton is a rising star in the church who is well on the way to reaching his biggest dreams. Levi is a pastor’s son struggling to live up to his faith under pressure from all sides. DaVonte is a kid from the wrong side of town who would be content if he and his friends were just left alone.
When an act of violence presents a sudden decision, each boy’s answer will shake the community to its core and shape its future forever. Love and truth face off against fear and pride in this modern extension of one of Jesus’ best-known parables
– MY REVIEW –
I really liked the …
The entire book was a quick, easy read. The writing flowed extremely well, was perfectly easy to understand, and balanced everything wonderfully. I’d say the reading level was maybe around middle grade which I don’t read as often anymore but was a nice change of pace … No awkward sentence structures or editing errors stood out to me (which I can be extremely picky about …) It had me flipping pages and I never got bored.
- (most of) the characters
Levi was so stinking relatable he was great. DeVonte was probably the nicest lad on the block (though I could never really get a clear mental image of him physically …) Peyton annoyed the heck out of me but that’s for later …
The characters all felt very real. A few of them (*coughs*Peyton*coughs*) felt just a wee bit excessive in certain character traits, but for the most part, they all felt very human which I really likes.
- The plot was fairly simple but didn’t feel overly so …
More like a nice casual thing to read on your day off …
I liked it. It was extremely Christian based (so non-Christians probably wouldn’t enjoy this story that much compared to other stories with a mild Christian theme). The whole thing with it being based off a parable didn’t really … feel extreme. (tbh I’m not 100% sure I know what the parable was xD) I was just having fun reading the story! Ahhh … not sure what else to say about the plot.
- La faith
I really enjoyed this guys! When I was contacted the only thing I was a bit weary about was the faith level … as y’all know I’m a pretty strong Christian … but I am a very denominational Lutheran too and so even if a book is 100% Christian I don’t always agree with the fine details which … can bug me to no end. xD So I was preeeetty worried I’d run into a problem here …
I actually ended up having very little of that problem in Bridgers! The faith was dealt with very nicely without seeming exceptionally preachy. It was incorporated very well and I loved every second of it, rooting for the characters, and turning pages hoping to figure out what would happen next.
What annoyed me (or felt off) …
I was extremely confused by the authors choice of making DeVonte’s perspective in 1st person while the other ones were in 3rd. In the end, I don’t think it detracted from the value, and it was done fairly well, but honestly I’m still confused. I’m fairly certain it could have been done just as well (and … consistent) if his chapters had also been in 3rd?? Just something to note.
Plus, while we’re still on the topic of awkward PoVs, one of the very last chapters threw me a bit. All three of the sort of MCs (idk how that worked exactly) were together and there was quite a bit of head hopping going on. Iiii feel like it was probably in 3rd person omniscient (which confuses me as that’s not CONSISTENT) but this probably wouldn’t matter to normal people … I just don’t like omniscient PoVs at all xD
- The man named Peyton
Gaahhh this guy was annoying. Props to making him the most annoying man out there. 😉 Uhh … I hated him. I think his characterization was fairly good, though just a wee bit extreme. He had decent reasoning behind his meanness (which I like) though I do feel like he could have been more morally grey? Idk. I don’t really care about him anymore.
The content 2.5/5
This was probably the heaviest part of the book … it deals with a “bad” side of town and has a almost death, hospital visits, drug mentions, smoking (honestly there was a bit that had me almost tearing up … but anyway it was dealt with well), gangs, etc. I think it was all realistic and dealt with well and none of it bothered me. There was also a nice authors note at the beginning of the book mentioning all of this and sort of explaining why …
Overall a very nice short read. Angie Thompson is definitely one of my new favorite indie authors and I look forward to reading more of anything she writes!
Final rating 4/5 stars
Have you read Bridgers? What’s your favorite indie book? Do you like my
not that good pics of the book? What do you look for in fiction? What’s your opinion on omniscient PoVs? Leave a comment below! I’d love to chat!