Today I’m going to review Steven Camden’s first novel, Tape.
This book was kindly sent to be by The Big Shot along with Veronica Roth’s book Allegiant (I will be reviewing and giving that book away soon!)
Here is a video of the author introducing novel
“Record a voice and it lasts forever…
In 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. He talks about his mother’s death, about his dreams, about his love for a new girl at school who doesn’t even know he exists.
In 2013, Ameliah moves in with her grandmother after her parents die. There, she finds a tape in the spare room. A tape with a boy’s voice on it – a voice she can’t quite hear, but which seems to be speaking to her.
Ryan and Ameliah are connected by more than just a tape.
This is their story. “
The book is aimed at teenagers and features love between family and a young teenagers first love. Ryan’s father just married Sophia who has a 13-year-old son of her own. Now, they all live in the house that Ryan’s parents lived in. He doesn’t like how his dads ‘new wife’ is changing the home that his mother made. Nor does he like his new step-brother and trust me, the feeling is mutual. I think the feelings between Ryan, Nathan and their parents is captured well and is easy to relate to in this world where step families are becoming common.
Ameliah is quite a feisty 13-year-old despite her shy demeanor in front of her friends. That’s something else that was well captured and is easy to relate to; a friendship between young teenagers. Y’know that one girl in the group who seems full of herself and acts like she is so popular and mature? Yeah, that was captured almost perfectly. I had a bit of hatred towards that character. Ameliah was her opposite so it made me pretty happy when the guy she liked ignored her and spoke to Ameliah instead. Ameliah: 1, annoying girl: 0
Unlike some books which are told from two perspectives, this one is easy to follow thanks to Steven using different fonts and a pause symbol. He also used Although at times the story just seemed to go with little happening, I did enjoy the book. Every now and then, just as I thought I would stop reading as nothing had been happening, one little sentence appeared that re-captured my interest. As we got closer to the end of the story I felt like Ameliah and Ryan were getting closer; like Ameliah had almost worked everything out. I do have to admit though, it was pretty obvious who ‘that man’ (I wont say his name so that I don’t spoil it) was. I did have to feel a bit sorry for him though because of a certain twist.
Overall, it is a good book and I think he did a good job as it is easy to relate to for teenagers (spending time together but glued to their phones and looking out for cute guys as well as first loves and familial relationships) but it was a bit predictable . I’d give it 4.3 out of 5. If you want to buy it, you can get it here.
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