Snapshots: The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle


Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 18th 2015 by Kathy Dawson Books
Source: Library

Every October Cara and her family become inexplicably accident-prone. Some years it’s bad, like the season when her father died, and some years it’s just a lot of cuts and scrapes. They know what they need to do—stock up on bandages and painkillers, cover sharp table edges with padding, banish knives to locked drawers, switch off electrical items. They buckle up, they batten down.

But this accident season—when Cara; her ex-stepbrother, Sam; and her best friend, Bea, are seventeen—none of that will make a difference.

Because Cara is starting to ask questions. And the answers were never meant to be found.

Why You Should Read It

  1. Because I’m telling you to. Ha. Kidding.
  2. Or am I?
  3. Okay fine. But seriously, this book captures that elusive sense of transition that characterizes adolescence so completely. The characters feel like they are all on the cusp of discovering something that is far greater than the sum of all of their experiences put together.
  4. The writing is pretty wonderful and the magical realism elements done with a deft hand that draws deeper, more complex, issues to the surface without getting the narrative mired in melodrama.
  5. The romances are done so very well and you all should know that I am very particular about how mush is mushed.
  6. The book is set in Dublin. How many YA novels do we read are set in Dublin?
  7. Right.
  8. Janet will love the emphasis on family and friendship. Their mother is not just a mother but a person in her own right, someone who gets hurt, has insecurities and requires friends. Not many YA novels portray parents as people who though flawed are essentially decent human beings you happen to love quite a lot.
  9. The attitude toward alcohol is interesting but the book is set in Ireland so…ya know?
  10. The book stands alone and for a debut novel it displays a finesse in storytelling and prose that makes me excited for whatever this author is going to write next.
  11. I liked the novel a whole lot and if you want YA that is fresh, invigorating, this is for you. I mean, it made me excited about the genre again so that’s saying something, right?

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