By: Melanie | February 23, 2013 | (3) Comments

Title: All This Could End
Author: Steph Bowe
Publisher: Text Publishing
Genre: YA, contemporary, romance
Release Date: February 27, 2013
Pages: 256 (paperback)
How I Got the Book: Received via publisher (hard copy)
For More Information: Goodreads Link

What’s the craziest thing your mum has asked you to do?

Nina doesn’t have a conventional family. Her family robs banks—even she and her twelve-year-old brother Tom are in on the act now. Sophia, Nina’s mother, keeps chasing the thrill: ‘Anyway, their money’s insured!’ she says.

After yet another move and another new school, Nina is fed up and wants things to change. This time she’s made a friend she’s determined to keep: Spencer loves weird words and will talk to her about almost anything. His mother has just left home with a man who looks like a body-builder vampire, and his father and sister have stopped talking.

Spencer and Nina both need each other as their families fall apart, but Nina is on the run and doesn’t know if she will ever see Spencer again. Steph Bowe, author of Girl Saves Boy, once again explores the hearts and minds of teenagers in a novel full of drama, laughter and characters with strange and wonderful ways.

This book was given to me by Text Publishing. No bribes, money of other treats were given for compensation. Thank you Text Publishing!
All This Could End was a fantastic contemporary novel by Steph Bowe who was just a teenager when she wrote this book. Her first novel, Girl Saves Boy was written at the age of 14, that is just one year older than me! This promising piece of art captured me at the first page.

My thoughts of what the ratings were as I read the book:
Prologue: Fantastic. 4.5 stars
Middle: Eh, uneven in many aspects and the characters were a bit iffy. 3.5 stars
Epilogue: It was supposed to be a passionate, touching ending to tear one’s heart but had a tang of irrational humour. 3-3.5 stars

Nina’s family isn’t what you’d call…normal. Her family robs banks and moves houses on a frequent basis. However, Nina wants to get out of this mess, away from the spontaneous drama, but she needs to wait until she is eighteen. Meet Spencer; awkward, shy and a ruined family. Yet when Spencer and Nina are thrown together, something grows, but maybe will never bloom.

Once I began reading, I fell in love with Nina, she is a cogent, strong character whom has a complicated life that can be related to. You can feel Nina’s eagerness and longing to leave her messed up life for something different and new as well as her clear thoughts that are rational and intriguing to read about. Spencer is shy and unsure, those are unlikable characteristics, however, when Steph Bowe incorporates it, Spencer is your handsome, desirable guy. I loved his uncertain-ness, the way Spencer tries to communicate without the awkward parts is simply hilarious and enjoyable.

I feel like the prologue was what shined in this book. Short sentences, beautiful ways of showing off Steph’s techniques to create such emotions like shock, bewilderment and excitement. I felt conflicted, really about the way she structured the scene to make me feel understanding and unknowing alternatively.

As the story began, I was pulverised with these descriptions of Nina’s family. It felt more forced than casual, I wanted a better flow like the prologue, so the beginning disappointed me. I can think of several other unique ways to describe and paint the image of a character than just bomb it down immediately.

Another issue I had with this book was the dialogue. It wasn’t balanced. There were places where there was so much dialogue, I felt like I was reading a play manuscript, then other times, I felt like I was an observer with no ears. It was rather painful, to speak the truth. Moreover, I wanted more depth. Actually, it NEEDED more depth, constantly, I felt like there were gaps in the book, missing parts to make the book feel wholly and worthy of more stars. For instance, the action scenes were rather peaceful occasionally. I had to re-read to make sure I was actually reading a combat.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. For a young adult/teen, Steph Bowe certainly has a handful of tricks up her sleeve and I cannot wait to see more of it in the future. Although, there were quite some flaws, All This Could End touched my heart and will shock readers with twists and turns.

Recommended for contemporary lovers of Pushing the Limits By Katie McGarry and several more drama/romances.

(ACTUAL: 3.5)

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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3 Responses to All This Could End By Steph Bowe (ARC)

  1. mariusreads says:

    Great review! I found your blog through Goodreads. I am now a new follower of yours. Please follow me back at Forever YA.

  2. Ben McMann says:

    Stunner review, already added to my TBR!

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