Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Alba loves her life just as it is. She loves living behind the bakery, and waking up in a cloud of sugar and cinnamon. She loves drawing comics and watching bad TV with her friends.
The only problem is she’s overlooked a few teeny details:
Like, the guy she thought long gone has unexpectedly reappeared.
And the boy who has been her best friend since forever has suddenly gone off the rails.
And even her latest comic-book creation is misbehaving.
Also, the world might be ending – which is proving to be awkward.
As Doomsday enthusiasts flock to idyllic Eden Valley, Alba’s life is thrown into chaos. Whatever happens next, it’s the end of the world as she knows it. But when it comes to figuring out her heart, Armageddon might turn out to be the least of her problems.
This book and I were off to a slow start. I picked it up maybe a few months ago, and was interested by the whole doomsday coming to a small town premise, but it didn’t grab me. Maybe it was because I kept mixing up the characters because I wasn’t really getting a feel for their personalities, at least not until I picked it up again today.
Actually, I still kept getting the characters mixed up but I managed to get through the book.
And I liked it! When I picked it up, I thought it was going to be a story about a superhero (also because someone had shelved it as a Graphic Novel??? Nope!) named Cinnamon Girl. It turns out to be a story about growing up, doomsday partying in a sleepy town, and a girl who loves art and comic books.
The main character, Alba, is such a sweetheart. I liked her. I liked her fashion, I liked her attitude, and I liked how her story was about growing up and dealing with change. Especially that transition from high school to what lays beyond. I could empathise with what she was feeling because I’ve been through that: wanting to hold on to what’s familiar, with the people who you’ve known for so long, and just not wanting to step into the unknown.
That’s really where this book got me. Not the ~*~*quirky*~*~ characters. Not the insanity of what was happening in their hometown. Not the romance. Sure, all of those things were nice, but it was the core narrative that really carried me through finishing this book.
Overall: I enjoyed this book. The premise is interesting, the characters are fun (although I honestly never really got super attached to any of the supporting characters), and the pacing is good. But it just didn’t pull me in like I thought it would. The main inner conflict of the main character is what really made me like it, everything else just seemed like the framing device or fluff around it.