ARC REVIEW | Sparrow by Mary Cecilia Jackson – DNF

SparrowTitle: Sparrow

Author: Mary Cecilia Jackson

Rating : ★★☆☆☆ (DNF @ 21%)

Publisher: Tor Teen

Release Date: March 17, 2020

There are two kinds of people on the planet. Hunters and prey

DNF @ 21%

I have to say that I’m really sad and disappointed that this book didn’t work out for me. I thought it would be moving and emotional, but the writing and dialogue made everything feel stilted and lacking. While this is a harrowing story of abuse – it lacks the impact you would expect from such a story.

Savannah “Sparrow” Rose falls head over heels (literally) for Mr. Popular Jock, Tristan and is quickly enamored by his charms. However, things quickly turn dangerous and Tristan is repeated controlling and abusive. But the chapters are structured by months and every chapter or so we move forward and everything progresses rather quickly so there’s no impact of seeing their relationship evolve. We don’t see any of the ‘good’ times they had together, so it’s even more heartbreaking that Sparrow sticks with Tristan in the bad.

I also had some problems with the writing. The dialogue was just awkward and felt forced, not like real people speaking. And the abundance of nicknames aside, the friend groups were okay, if a bit one dimensional. For the longest time I thought Sophie was Sparrows new stepmom, but turns out it’s her Aunt. It wasn’t very clear. And I didn’t get this far, but apparently we get some chapters from a different perspective, Lucas – Sparrow’s friend and dance partner. Having these insight chapters non-liner through the story could really work, but getting a fifth into the book and not getting one yet is kinda weird.

Sparrow is not a bad story, but I don’t think it lived up to what I hope it would be either. I think this is a story you need to connect with at all layers for it to work, or else it’s just going to seem off the whole time and with this subject matter, that would just be a shame. So not connecting with the writing style or the characters made this an unfortunate miss for me.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Trigger Warning for domestic abuse


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