Author: Sara Daniell
Published: February 2016
Category: YA Contemporary Romance
If you are looking for an emotional roller-coaster then Anything Goes on a Friday Night, by Sara Daniell, is the book for you. I stepped out of my comfort zone when reading this as my preference is towards YA fantasy or dystopian tales. I tend to avoid ‘real life’ books. Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Sara Daniell covers just about every coming of age issue imaginable, which at times made me want to pull the main character (Ellie) out of the pages and give the poor girl a much needed hug! There is so much going on that it made my head spin on occasion.
Elena (Ellie) has to deal with everything from abandonment and domestic violence to drugs and suicide and yet she remains determined and strong throughout every ordeal. I know that many young adult books deal with these topics, and the author handles everything with great care and attention. The young adult genre caters for the thirteen to eighteen age range and I would put this book at the older end of that range. It isn’t a book I would allow my daughter to read until she was over sixteen (that’s me with my ‘mummy’ hat on).
The characters are well rounded and believable, which probably explains why I wanted to thump Ellie’s mother every time she appeared on the page. I liked Ellie; she has to endure so much and yet is still able to find a little laughter, sass, and hope in her life. Finn was the perfect hero; not quite faultless but enough that the reader connects with him. The relationship between Ellie and Finn is developed beautifully.
Anything Goes on a Friday Night is packed with drama and suspense, which is something every older teen reader will enjoy. There was a few too many ‘real life’ issues for me (and poor Ellie) to cope with, but that’s a personal observation. Many of the teens I meet thoroughly enjoy the high drama and roller-coaster plots.
I received a copy of Anything Goes on a Friday Night in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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Seventeen-year-old Elena lived a vibrant life with a great boyfriend and great friends. Little did she know that turning in her pom-poms was the least of the changes she would experience in the upcoming year. Life-changing, heart-shattering circumstances would soon cause her happy life to crumble right in front of her.
The once fun-loving Elena retreated into herself, finding it easier to push people out than chance more heartache. Just when she figured out how to keep herself busy enough to ignore the imperfections of her life, Finn Kerr showed up with one mission: to prove that life could be more than disappointment and betrayal. Life could be fun and exciting. Life could be unexpected. Life could be forgiving.