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Jul 13

Review: It’s Yr Life by Tristan Bancks and Tempany Deckert

I received this book for free from ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: It’s Yr Life by Tristan Bancks and Tempany DeckertIt's Yr Life by Tempany Deckert, Tristan Bancks
Published by Random House Australia on 2012-04-01
Genres: fiction, young adult fiction
Pages: 282
Source: ARC received from publisher
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In this expository young adult novel, Sim and Milla are an unlikely pair for a school assignment and don't get along—until it becomes a matter of life or death   Sim in Australia and Milla in Los Angeles don't seem to have anything in common. Sim lives in a foster home for kids who don't know where their parents are, and Milla lives in a mansion with her family, including her big shot movie producer dad. So when they're forced to email each other for a school assignment, this is one pairing that seems doomed to fail from the start. But soon the two can't stop emailing each other. Why? Secrets. What did Sim find in a dumpster that has him running scared? Whose footprints are outside Milla's window, and what can she do to fix her screwed–up family before something terrible happens?

I really enjoyed the central characters in this story. Their email correspondence was fun to read and there was quite a lot of humour in their exchanges, especially when they were arguing with each other. Sim and Milla were great characters that opened up a lot of opportunities to compare different lifestyles, philosophies, interests and the US and Australian cultures.

I also enjoyed the pop culture references scattered throughout the story. It did slow my reading down a little as I had to stop to google different terms, but it certainly rang true as the way information is shared now. Why send someone a page of information when you can send them a website URL?

I do wonder whether the many pop culture references will date the story too quickly. In five years will teens still want to read about what teens today are interested in? The world changes far too quickly and it is very easy to appear out of date by referencing something as new once it becomes common knowledge. (I should know, I’m about 10 years behind the rest of the world when it comes to technological advances and still get ridiculously excited about stuff that is already out-of-date for others).

Despite this, I think that this is a book that teens will enjoy and quite possibly it will maintain its appeal by marketing itself as a retrospective look at teen relationships in the early years of this century.

It’s Yr Life has humour, mystery, family dramas, friendships, sibling issues and pop culture references combining to produce a fun teen read which should also appeal to those who enjoyed Bancks’ Mac Slater: Cool Hunter books.

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  1. Laura @ ImBookingIt

    This sounds good.

    My daughter (who loves historical fiction) was commenting a while back that she’d like a book where they use e-mail and things :-). Is there anything inappropriate for an 11 year old in here?

    Maybe I’ll buy it for me, and pass it on to her if it seems like it would work.
    .-= Laura @ ImBookingIt´s last blog ..Review: Pushing Up Bluebonnets by Leann Sweeney =-.

    1. Susan

      Laura – there are some sexual references in It’s Yr Life, with Sim getting up close and personal with another character at one point, but the descriptions aren’t graphic and it doesn’t go any further. The central characters are 15 and they are the ones that describe everything. There are some domestic violence issues, but once again these are described in detail. Sim and Milla fallout from the abuse rather than the events themselves. There is a grissly-sort of mystery, but this is resolved by the end of the novel without any horrifying details and isn’t particularly believable/scary.

      I loved the email concept and really liked that I got to know the characters through their descriptions of themselves to each other. It’s a fun book.

      1. gem

        i havnt really read it all and i didnt realise there were tht type of references. :o! can u tell me more bout it. thx! + wat would u rate it?

  2. britt_rox ur sox

    I THOUGHT THIS BOOK WAS REALLY INTERESTING AND IT KEPT ME HANGING ON. I WOULD RECOMMEND IT FOR PEOPLE 12-15 YEARS OLD AS IT MAY BE TOO CONFUSING FOR THE YOUNGER AGE. I LIKE HOW ITS ABOUT TWO DIFFERENT PEOPLE’S REAL LIFE SITUATION.IT’S NOTHING LIKE I’VE EVER READ!! IT WOULD SCORE 8/10. PLS READ IT…..ITS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! nice middle part. hahaha

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