Book Review: Down With The Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn


ashley | Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn was a very strange book. But I would expect nothing less from Quinn, with books like Another Little Piece and (Don’t You) Forget About Me, which were also quite strange. And unique.And clever.And enough to keep me coming back for more.

You know that phrase “be careful what you wish for”? That phrase comes alive in this book as ridiculous wishes from drunk high school students at a party accidentally get granted and all hell breaks loose. The chaos this creates, the strange situations resulted from these drunk wishes, make for one interesting and strange and sometimes pretty silly book. But Quinn has such a way with crafting a story that no matter how out in left field this all seems, it also seems totally and completely normal.

I liked Lennie, our unknowing wish granter. She was flawed and stubborn and I thought she was easy to relate to. After the loss of her best friend, she was grieving badly and acting out in ways that got her into this whole mess in the first place. But she was a good person and determined to set things straight. Her friendship with her best friends’ brother, Smith, hooked me pretty quickly. There was a lot of tension between the two, a lot of anger and frustration and lust and I liked watching the ebb and flow of that through the novel. Especially the complications it provided when Smith’s wish comes true and makes them pretty much inseparable.

I have to say I didn’t enjoy this book as much as Quinn’s previous works. It was super unique and creative, but it didn’t quite stand up against the last two books, in my opinion. I liked the direction the ending went, but at the same time I kind of thought it was a bit of a cop out and an easy way to wrap everything up nicely in its happily ever after. I know, I’m contradicting myself, saying I liked it but was also a little disappointed with it. But you’ll see what I mean, I think.

All that said, I still rank Quinn high up there on my need-to-read authors. I just love authors and books that bring something new to the table and for me, none of her books miss that point and I am so in love with them for that.


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april 26, 2016