Friday, 16 April 2010
Review: Uninvited by Amanda Marrone
Jordan hates her life! Her boyfriend Michael dumped her, hooked up with half the other girls in the neighbourhood, and then killed himself. And then there's the broken record of boring parties, meaningless flirting and friends she can't relate to. But now, somehow, Michael is back, appearing at her window every night, begging her to let him in. Jordan can't understand why he wants to get back together; he was the one that dumped her! But, as the weeks drag on, she feels her resistance wearing down. Instead of partying and socialising with her so-called friends, now Jordan runs home to the safety of her room before dark, and waits, alone and terrified, for the sun to go down. Creatures like Michael need to be invited in before they can cross over the threshold. All Jordan has to do is say the words...
I am a bit torn with this book there were things I liked and things I didn't like.
Written in 1st person narrative. The tension escalates from the very first sentence. I didn't find the main female protagonist, Jordan, very like-able, to me she seemed neurotic with a really big 'chip' on her shoulder. The male protagonist, Micheal, isn't very like-able either, and not just because he is a vampire. Full details of Micheal's personality are revealed at the end of the story and I can't go into detail without giving away spoilers. A very compulsive storyline even if the characters are unlikeable.
The imagery veers from tense to gory to salacious. All of which are indicators to the deeper threads of the storyline. Wonderful use of vocabulary and literary references aiding my quest for knowledge via osmosis.
Some chapters are written in the present tense and are interwoven with those written in the past tense, giving background detail to the plot.
Brilliant paralleling of Micheal's live as a vampire with Jordan's drug/alcohol abuse. Neither are truly living. I told you I was on a roll with reading books about the evils of alcohol. Another parallel between Micheal and Jordan for me was that Jordan doesn't invite Micheal in and Jordan doesn't get invited to parties/social events. She is popular by association. Her friends remind me of Britt in Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens; selfish, shallow and self-centred.
Shades of I Heart you, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder through the plot only one is fuelled by love the other by hate.
The morale of this story is twofold - the dangers of substance abuse and the mistakes made when under their influences. Plus the discovery of whole your real friends are, they stand by you no matter what. Worth reading just for those and the resolution offered at the end. How I do love a happy ending :)