Author: Julia Swift and Andrew Landis
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 4 July 2013
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Sasha, a shy, 15-year-old girl who hides from the world, almost dies in a car crash and vows that if she survives, she will be bold and live life to the fullest. Her newfound courage is tested when she meets Will, who just moved to her Air Force desert town after his journalist father’s disappearance. Will is fascinated by Sasha’s brush with and secret knowledge of death.
Sasha and Will push each other to take chances and break out of their sheltered suburban world. But will they discover there is a difference between being bold and being stupid before they put themselves, or someone else, in danger?
REVIEW BY BETH
Bold is classed as contemporary romance and as I’m not a big romance reader I wasn’t particularly enthused when I read the synopsis. However both Sasha and Will’s characters kept me reading.
Both Julia Swift and Andrew Landis are known as TV writers and you can certainly tell, at many times throughout the novel I could happily have believed I was reading something specifically written for screen and I definitely think this novel would make a fantastic film or TV serial.
The novel brings together two people who you’d never believe would meet in real life and that’s what makes it so enjoyable. Looks are definitely deceiving in this novel as when we first meet Will he isn’t all that he seems. The authors genuinely represent the evolution of a relationship and it makes the story highly believable and very easy to get sucked into!
The authors’ language is used sparingly, it’s as if every word was picked out individually and it’s a really interesting way of writing. The power of their story telling doesn’t rely upon clever narrative techniques or a mass of hyperbolic adjectives and they simply have the gift of being great story tellers.
Bold is a brilliant title and evidently the main theme of the novel. The characters are relatable and the story keeps moving at a great pace that it’s a really hard novel to put down. There’s no sex and drugs and alcohol like many high school based novels but this doesn’t make it feel any less believable.