Review: Birdy by Jess Vallance

August 14, 2015 Review 18 ★★★½

Review: Birdy by Jess Vallance
Birdy by Jess Vallance
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Publisher: Five Mile Press
Source: Publisher
Pages: 272
Release Date: July 2nd, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Friendship, Young Adult
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Frances Bird has been a loner for so long that she’s given up on ever finding real friendship. But then she’s asked to show a new girl around school, and she begins to think her luck could finally be changing.

Eccentric, talkative and just a little bit posh, Alberta is not at all how Frances imagined a best friend could be. But the two girls click immediately, and it’s not long before they are inseparable. Frances could not be happier.

As the weeks go on, Frances finds out more about her new best friend – her past, her secrets, her plans for the future – and she starts to examine their friendship more closely.

Is it, perhaps, just too good to be true?

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

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It’s been a while since I finished reading BIRDY so this review may not fully capture my original thoughts and feelings, but I can tell you BIRDY was one of the most deceiving books I’ve ever read. It started out as your usual high school contemporary but became progressively creepier.

The characters were what made the story for me. Which is sort of expected considering this is a character driven book hahahaha. The entire plot revolves around Frances and Bert’s friendship. Not much else goes on, which was boring at times because on the surface it seems like your typical best friends dynamic. The more you read the more messed up it becomes until you’re left seriously disturbed.

I was horrified by the ending. My jaw was on the ground for the entire final chapter. It turned everything I’d been made to believe on its head. And I loved being so shocked. It also was a great example of something that’s kind of spoilery so: View Spoiler »

Another aspect that made the story was the writing. It’s addictive. I started this late one night and got half way when I had to wake up early the next morning. I couldn’t put it down, even though not much was happening in the story at the end. The book isn’t very long either, so it felt like I was reading at lightning pace and that in itself is incredibly satisfying.

I went into BIRDY expecting one thing and ended up getting something completely different and incredibly horrifying. I recommend BIRDY to people looking for a short contemporary with a dark twist.

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Overall: 3.4

18 Responses to “Review: Birdy by Jess Vallance”

  1. Pui-man

    I was really tempted to read the spoiler, but stopped myself. Really curious about this dark twist. Definitely putting this on my TBR.

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