29 November 2014

Review #93: The Evolution of Emily by Kate Scott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kami Garcia, the NY Times bestselling author, has quoted about "teenagers" as:

“Teenagers. Everything is so apocalyptic.”

Kate Scott, the American author, who once enchanted us with her debut book, Counting to D, has once again left us mesmerized by yet another YA tale called, The Evolution of Emily . They say high school is one of the most bizarre periods of a person's life and getting and coming through it is one of the biggest challenges in life. Likewise, Kate's protagonist, Emily is one of teenager, who is going through the most bizarre periods of her life and Emily's decisions and life-altering changes will not only make you like her but will also enlighten you in a way.

Emily Charles knows how to run away. Away from her overprotective, agoraphobic mother. Away from her biology-obsessed, autistic sister. Away from her quiet sheltered claustrophobic home schooled life. When Emily's escape plan involves starting her junior year at Kennedy High School, she realizes she's no longer running away. Now she's running towards. Towards her quiet thoughtful cross-country teammate, August. Towards her zany enthusiastic lab partner, Miles. Towards friendship, love, independence, and life.

Thanks to her sister's special interest in biology, Emily knows all about the birds and the bees. Boys are a lot more confusing!

Kate Scott has done it again by creating yet another skillfully crafted teenage story. She has one more time take us into those familiar halls and corridors of Kennedy High School. And this time, a teenager is on run. Emily is a socially awkward girl, and has been home-schooling along with her autistic sister all her life. Not only that, Emily’s mother is very overprotective of her daughters, filling them up with the horrific tales of high schools from bitchy cheerleaders to mean guys. But Emily has to run, run away from the very comfort of her house, run away from their mentally-challenged-biology-obsessed sister, run away from the sad walls of her home.
And that's the best decision that Emily took in her 16years of life. Kennedy High School is her new family- a whole new bright, shimmering, full-of-promises world, but is it so easy for a socially- awkward girl like Emily to connect with her peers?

The author has stressed on the fact that being strong on certain subjects can help you win friends, so in way Kate has urged that teenagers maybe wrecking everything around them, but still they need to focus on their study to dwell in their life, especially tackle high school and I loved how Kate used biology as the bridge between Emily's awkwardness and shyness to make her popular among her peers. This book deals with number of teenage issues like homosexuality, learning to take mature decisions, tackling with every day issues, learning to see the world in a whole new perspective, etc. And Emily was the medium to show us all how the teenagers of these days cope with burgeoning issues of their life, family and the world. But that doesn't mean that everyone is crashing out because of issues, some teenagers like Emily can come out of the fall and still stand strongly on her feet. And that was the message that the author tried to give it to her readers.

What can I say about her story-telling and narrative style and prose; all were perfect just like the last time. She knows how to write a story smartly by making it so realistic. And with skillfully crafted characters, the book was a completely joy/enlightening ride for me. I think The Evolution of Emily Kate's best written book! This book is a complete eye-opener for parents as well as teenagers!

Verdict: A must read book for all the parents to learn that "teenagers' world is indeed not an easy place for them to survive without a scar" and I bet YA lovers can't miss out this book!

Courtesy: I'm very grateful to the author, Kate Scott, for providing me with a copy of her book, in return for an honest and unbiased review. 

Author's Info:
Kate Scott lives in the suburbs outside Portland, Oregon with her husband Warren. Kate was diagnosed with dyslexia as a young child but somehow managed to fall in love with stories anyway. COUNTING TO D is her first novel. When Kate isn't writing, she enjoys listening to audiobooks, camping, and spending time with her friends and family. Kate also spends a lot of time doing math and science things and is a licensed professional engineer.
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  1. I love your blog so much! Your reviews are great and they introduce me to a ton of books I didn't even know existed! Keep it up. :)


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