Book : Girl on the Ferris Wheel
Authors : Julie Halpern, Len Vlahos
Personal Rating : 3.5/5
Publisher : Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: January 12th, 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Hello, fam! Today’s my stop on the blog tour for Girl on the Ferris Wheel. Many thanks to Xpresso Tours for giving me the chance to participate!
In Girl on the Ferris Wheel, Julie Halpern and Len Vlahos expertly tackle this quirky and poignant romance that explores what first love really means—and how it sometimes hurts like hell.
Tenth graders Eliana and Dmitri could not be more different. He’s an outgoing, self-confident drummer in a punk band called Unexpected Turbulence. Eliana is introspective and thoughtful, and a movie buff who is living with depression.
Dmitri quite literally falls for Eliana when he sees her in gym class and slams into a classmate. The pair then navigate the ins and outs of first love. Exciting, scary, unexpected, and so much more difficult than they ever imagined. They say opposites attract, but they soon realize that there is so much they just don’t understand about each other. It begs the question: How long can first love possibly last when you’re so different?
Girl on the Ferris wheel was a sweet story, packed with layers of depth and emotion. The book follows Emilia and Dmitri’s POVs as they navigate through high-school life.
High school is definitely one of the toughest periods of a person’s life. We get to meet new friends, lose some older ones, find our deepest passions, struggle with self-doubts, have crushes, and sometimes even fall in love. (Maybe a thousand times, too? Hehe) I’m so glad that the authors of Girl on a Ferris Wheel painted a very real picture of high-school – it made me connect to the characters from the very beginning of the story.
Emilia and Dmitri were both fascinating characters to read about. Emilia’s depression is one of the key themes of the book, and it was handled pretty well for a YA novel. Her emotions and self-doubts were expressed perfectly throughout the book, so we got to see an in-depth view of mental illness in teens. Her character development was evident throughout the story. I do wish there were fewer parts about her doubts regarding Dmitri’s feelings thought. It felt repetitive at times.
Dmitri was a sweetheart. It was refreshing to see a male POV, especially in a YA novel. I don’t think many books really explore how the people close to a depressed person feel, so many thanks to the authors for including Dmitri’s thoughts in the book too! It broke my heart to see how he struggled to be with Emilia but didn’t give up. He was a bit unobservant about the wrongs in his relationship with Emilia though. I expected a bit more maturity and character development from his side.
Overall, Girl on the Ferris Wheel was a well-written novel, with many important themes. 3.5/5 stars from me!
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Julie Halpern is the award-winning author of seven young adult novels, one novel for adults, and one picture book for young readers. In her imaginary spare time, she enjoys traveling, making cosplay for her kids, and eating baked goods. Julie lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Caldecott-winning author and illustrator Matthew Cordell, and their two children.
Len Vlahos dropped out of NYU film school in the mid-’80s to play guitar and write songs for Woofing Cookies, a punk-pop four-piece that toured up and down the East Coast and had two singles and one full-length LP on Midnight Records. After the band broke up, he followed his other passion, books. He is the author of The Scar Boys, a William C. Morris Award finalist, and a #1 Indie Next Pick, and Scar Girl, the book’s sequel. Len lives in Denver with his wife and two young sons, where he owns the Tattered Cover Book Store.
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