Hooyenga’s FLICKER had me on the edge of my seat! A great who-done-it for YA fans, it had me guessing until the very end. Hooyenga had me (and my teenage daughter who loves this book) eyeing the shadows between trees a bit differently after reading FLICKER, it stays with you long after the last page.
Flicker kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time I read it. I read it in a little more than a day, that’s how much I enjoyed it. The characters were interesting, and I loved that. I’m in 7th grade and I would definitely would recommend it for other 7th graders and older. I can’t wait for the next one!
The story moves at a quick pace as you’re drawn into Biz’s world right from the first page, and an intriguing world at that. One that blends paranormal elements seamlessly into everyday life, before taking you into the depths of a mystery with an unexpected climax. Above all, Biz’s thoughts and experiences shine through on each page, giving her character an authenticity that will connect you with the story and her life. Also, the author honors her readers by wrapping up loose ends before teasing with what’s to come in the sequel ‘Fracture.’ Overall, ‘Flicker’ is a fantastic YA novel.
As a 39 year old man with several teenaged children, I feel qualified to say that `Flicker’ is a book with the potential to produce a true genre-busting YA franchise. Like the Twilight series, the protagonist is a teen girl with a complicated life reflected in sometimes moody prose. However, the similarities between `Flicker’ and `Twilight’ end there, as Hooyenga avoids turning `Flicker’ into the dumbed down literary lollipop of Bella’s world (yes, I admit, I read Twilight).
Instead, `Flicker”s Biz leaps off the page as an authentic, complex, honest rendition of a teenager struggling with friendships, her parents, new romance, school pressures….oh, and that whole `flickering’ thing.
Ms. Hooyenga shows impressive skill in character development, narrative voice, and story pacing. This is a tremendous first effort by an author worth watching!
I was absolutely thrilled at the chance to read this book before its launch. I don’t use the term “couldn’t put it down” lightly. This was a truly unique concept, and that is not easy to come by these days. I loved the “down to earth” and truly real personalities of the characters in all their teenage glory! Every chapter left you wanting more and the end of the book made you want a sequel. This certainly made me a lover of YA! I can’t wait to see what Melanie has in store for us next!
June Kramin, women’s fiction author