ONE TEENAGE GIRL. ONE 90-YEAR-OLD WOMAN. ONE FINAL ROAD TRIP BEFORE THE NEXT CHAPTER OF THEIR LIVES.
At 18 years old, Emma Pelican is pretty sure she's already experiencing a midlife crisis. She's spent the summer after her senior year listening to her depressing vinyl record collection and isolating herself from her friends, so it's not much of a surprise when no one shows up to the graduation party Emma throws the night before leaving for college; no one but Daisy Lycroft, a ninety-year-old stranger with mild Alzheimer's who escaped from her retirement home in the middle of the night.
When Emma leaves to drive Daisy home, the two end up on an unexpected all-night road trip, complete with Canadian whiskey, Billy Joel mixtapes, romantic interludes, near-death experiences, and lots of impromptu dancing, causing them to find some much-needed companionship in each other, and revealing that they have a closer connection than they ever could have expected.
A new YA novel from the author of Sculpt Yourself, Beauty King, and the Furever Home Friends series.
Rating: 4 STARS
I received an ARC copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This was the first piece of writing that I've read from Savy, so I went in not know exactly what I was getting myself into. But I had heard others talk about liking her books, so I gave it a shot.
I chose to receive an ARC copy of One Final Vinyl because the premise seemed to be something that I'd be interested in. In my mind, I thought it was going to be like a young adult version of Harold & Kumar mashed with Golden Girls. That's not what I got though.
Even though it was not what I had initially anticipated that it would be like, I did, however, enjoy the story. The characters were well developed, and I felt like I could relate on a deeper level with Emma than I feel like I do with a lot of characters from other books that I've read. The dialogue was also a plus, and it felt natural and appropriate for the characters.
The only downfall for me was the flashbacks that were placed throughout the story. I understand that the story is supposed to give nostalgic vibes, and I assume that's why the author placed them in there. But after a while, I felt that there were too many flashbacks, or at least that they drew on for too long without seeming like there's any real purpose to me.
Even though I didn't care for the flashbacks, they were still written really well; as was the entire story. I recommend this story for anyone who likes young adult stories with a nostalgic and vintage feel.
And if Savy writes another story that sparks my interest, I will definitely be willing to read it.