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.It's Yr Life by Tempany Deckert, Tristan Bancks
Published by Random House Australia on 2012-04-01
Genres: fiction, young adult fiction
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 The world changes far too quickly and it is very easy to appear out of date by referencing something as new once it becomes common knowledge.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of the world when it comes to technological advances and still get ridiculously excited about stuff that is already out-of-date for others).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.by