25.11.15

Book Blurb Breakdown: This is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang (aka a #morallycomplexYA)

book blurb breakdown


Book Blurb Breakdown is a Sarcasm & Lemons feature where your anal English degree-holding author (gently) rips apart jacket blurbs to pin down what makes her want to pick up the book instantly--and what makes her want to throw it at the wall.  See the original post for more detail.  

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today's blurb




Status:  Unread


the blurb: as is 

from Goodreads


The heart-wrenching new novel about best friends on a collision course with the real world, from the author of Falling into Place.

Janie and Micah, Micah and Janie. That’s how it’s been ever since elementary school, when Janie Vivian moved next door. Janie says Micah is everything she is not. Where Micah is shy, Janie is outgoing. Where Micah loves music, Janie loves art. It’s the perfect friendship, as long as no one finds out about it.

But when Janie is date-raped by the most popular guy in school—a guy she’s had a crush on for years—she finds herself ostracized by all the people she thought were her friends. Now only Micah seems to believe she’s telling the truth. But when even Micah expresses doubt about whether or not she was “asking for it,” it leads to disastrous consequences, and Janie Vivian goes missing.

Using a nonlinear writing style and dual narrators, Amy Zhang’s astonishing second novel masterfully reveals the circumstances surrounding Janie’s disappearance.


the blurb:  shredded 



The heart-wrenching new novel about best friends on a collision course with the real world, from the author of Falling into Place. (So I freaking loved Zhang's debut. Obviously I'm going to check this one out.) 

Janie and Micah, Micah and Janie. That’s how it’s been ever since elementary school, when Janie Vivian moved next door. Janie says Micah is everything she is not. Where Micah is shy, Janie is outgoing. Where Micah loves music, Janie loves art.  (Yeah, those two things are totally opposites...) It’s the perfect friendship, as long as no one finds out about it. (Wait, why? You've introduced this huge plot point with no explanation!!!) 

But when Janie is date-raped by the most popular guy in school—a guy she’s had a crush on for years—she finds herself ostracized by all the people she thought were her friends. (You have me back again because RAGE.)  Now only Micah seems to believe she’s telling the truth. But when even Micah expresses doubt about whether or not she was “asking for it,” (All too real. :( ) it leads to disastrous consequences, and Janie Vivian goes missing.

Using a nonlinear writing style and dual narrators, (Love. She killed this style in her debut. I love when people play around with form.) Amy Zhang’s astonishing second novel masterfully reveals the circumstances surrounding Janie’s disappearance. (This sentence could be more climactic. You know, bring it back to the big picture, not just the little picture of the mystery. The real world stuff.) 


the verdict 

4/5 stars
would i read it?:  yes 


There are some issues with this one.  Namely, there's this whole secret friendship thing that isn't even slightly expounded upon.  Like, do their parents hate each other?  Is one popular and one a total outcast?  I really need to know what's going on so I understand the gravity of the situation.  The ending could be punched up too.  However, this is such a succinct, punchy blurb in other ways.  It hits right at the heart of the story--the rape, the social ostracism, the disappearance--and promises some pretty cool narrative tricks.  Also, I'll admit, the description of Janie and Micah as complementary opposites reminds me of me and my best friend, so I'm hooked.  

In case you're looking for #morallycomplexYA that doesn't focus on girls (slightly) losing weight.  Cause, ya know.  That whole thing.  


your thoughts

Does this blurb grab you?  
Do you agree with my thoughts?  If not, how so?  
Have you read it?  Does the blurb match the pages? 
Do you have any recommendations for blurbs I should shred?  

 



4 comments:

  1. I've seen this #morallycomplexYA going around on twitter and I still don't know what it's about. xD GAH. I need google I guess?!? Ahem, anyway. I'm definitely up for this one because I loved the author's previous book! I agree that it's weird they didn't say WHY the had to be secret friends. And I gotta agree: music and art aren't even opposites. They're like the same strain. hehe. I think it's awesome that you analyse blurbs. I'm all like "Weeell, I like that cover. Alrighty, let's read it." xD

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    1. Ha, yes, right!? Thank you! Ha I usually go OMG COVER first and then go hardcore grammar nazi on the blurb.

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  2. I absolutely loved Falling into Place so I am so excited for This is Where the World Ends. It sounds like such a deep and emotional book and I'm sure that if anyone can pull it off, it's Amy Zhang. Thanks for sharing this and, as always, great post! Love this feature!

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    1. Right? Her debut was so affecting! Thanks, Zoe. <3

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