Monday, 8 June 2015

Review for Remix by Non Pratt

Remix by Non Pratt 
Publisher: Walker Books
Release: 4th June 2015
Genre: Contemporary, UKYA
Source: Proof Copy Gifted

"Kaz is still reeling from being dumped by the love of her life... Ruby is bored of hearing about it. Time to change the record. Three days. Two best mates. One music festival. Zero chance of everything working out."

Kaz and Ruby are two best friends that dance to the same beat. Although they have very different personalities their friendship is perfectly in tune and this summer they’ve massively been looking forward to forgetting about heartbreak, putting their troubles behind them and going to music festival Remix to see their favourite band Goldentone live. Will the weekend be everything the girls dreamed of? One thing’s for sure – it’ll be a weekend they’ll never forget.

Remix is told between both Kaz and Ruby and jumps back and forth between the girls after sometimes as little as a few sentences. I loved the way this story was told, it made it easy to see Kaz and Ruby’s thought process and gave an inside view of the unsaid thoughts and feelings between them. With Ruby’s bravado and Kaz’s heart on sleeve approach to life the voices were distinct enough that it never got confusing to read. I loved how Non’s writing made me feel not only like I knew Kaz and Ruby intimately but also their friendship.

Non Pratt delivers these incredibly real characters who are openly flawed and make mistakes but as a reader you love them anyway – maybe even because of it. If Kaz and Ruby are the headline act then the secondary characters are brilliant support acts. From Ruby’s brother Lee and his boyfriend Owen, to the girls exes who I could never quite make up my mind about, to Lauren – Kaz’s new mate- whose presence drives a huge wedge between Kaz and Ruby. Each character brought something to this story – mostly trouble for the girls!

With an overall theme that friendship, like music, has the power to tear you down, build you up and bring you back to yourself Remix is a must read for the summer for anyone who has had a song or friendship change their life.

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