(Review) The Accident Season
The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle
Publication Date: August 18, 2015
Pages: 304 (hardcover)
Genre: Young Adult
My Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars
Every October Cara and her family become inexplicably and unavoidably accident-prone. Some years it's bad, like the season when her father died, and some years it's just a lot of cuts and scrapes. This accident season—when Cara, her ex-stepbrother, Sam, and her best friend, Bea, are 17—is going to be a bad one. But not for the reasons they think.
Cara is about to learn that not all the scars left by the accident season are physical: There's a long-hidden family secret underneath the bumps and bruises. This is the year Cara will finally fall desperately in love, when she'll start discovering the painful truth about the adults in her life, and when she'll uncover the dark origins of the accident season—whether she's ready or not.
I really enjoyed the weirdness of this book. Cara is an interesting character in a lot of ways. She caring but independent, and doesn't seem to care what anyone thinks about her. With her sister and her friends, Cara kind of seems unstoppable and I really enjoyed that about her.
The story starts in the middle of accident season, which is the month of October for Cara and her family somehow suffer from multiple accidents that have previously left family members dead.
It sounds far-fetched, but it's also pretty fun. When Cara, Alice, and Sam are around Melanie, their mother (and ex-stepmother in Sam's case) they are on their best behavior. When they're together and with Cara's best friend Bea, things are pretty scary. They are more adventurous than safe and it's a wonder that none of them actually do die while crossing a bridge, or even the street!
Somewhere this book is compared to We Were Liars, which I loved and will have to agree. There is definitely something spiritual and supernatural here and it definitely keeps you turning pages.
Watching how all of their relationships change and unfold was a huge part of this book. The friends are becoming themselves more, especially around each other, and things change a lot between them. I liked Cara and Sam's growth the best because they really have a lot to think about in terms of what they are to each other.
All of the twists and turns were sometimes expected and sometimes not. I loved finding out the reasoning behind the accident season and enjoyed Cara trying to figure out who (or what) Elsie is. That one definitely kept me guessing!
This book was spooky and weird and a lot of fun. I'm glad I finally picked it up.
Also, happy one year anniversary to me and this blog!