Non Pratt writes good teens, the kind you can imagine actually existing in today’s world. Claire didn’t really know Sef’s brother Kam before the accident, the fall from a railway bridge left him with brain damage and he’s never going to be the same again. But when Sef needs help to raise funds for his brother’s care, Claire offers to help. Not keen on being the centre of attention, somehow she ends up starring in a YouTube series with Sef.
Anyone who thinks they’re bad at acting doesn’t realise they’re doing it every single day.
Half way through, you turn the book over to read Sef’s perspective of things. I like this in concept, but what I found when I read Replica was that I didn’t have much incentive to keep reading what was essentially the same story twice. However this book isn’t quite at the end of the story when you turn it over, giving a little bit more momentum to the second half.
I was quite surprised at how Claire’s perception of Sef was so different to how he really is. I can’t say I liked him much once I started reading his side of the story. It does reflect how sometimes relationships can be one sided. He struggles to come to terms with the extent of Kam’s injuries too. Claire is more comfortable with Kam, spending time with him as part of volunteer work separate to her project with Sef.
Death is an ending, but Kam had been given a beginning.
Towards the end of part two, the chapters start alternating between the two characters and picks up from where the first half ended. The cliffhanger at the end of part one will make you want to zoom through the second half to get caught up again.
I think it gets a certain aspect of YouTube culture spot on, although admittedly the part I don’t like. Dares and watching people do things they shouldn’t be doing just makes me feel uncomfortable. But there are plenty of YouTubers who have become successful by being silly so clearly there’s an audience for it.
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