Review: Snow Globe

Snow GlobeSnow Globe by Jeanne Skartsiaris

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Troubled teen. Juvenile delinquent. Aja Harmon is familiar with the labels. She and her mom live like gypsies, moving every year. Her mom works as a psychic and Aja fights to suppress her own intuitive abilities because the power scares her. 

After losing a cool job at Abercrombie & Fitch, the only work Aja can find is as a waitress at an elderly residence home. Slowly she begins to enjoy working with the seniors. Unlikely bonds forge, making their worlds bigger while shrinking the generation gap. 

If only a corrupt police officer hadn’t set his sights on Aja—a beautiful girl with a sketchy past. An easy target to add to his twisted collection. 

Snow Globe is a story about a teen who tries to do the right thing but continues to find trouble with her smart mouth and fearless attitude. Working at the assisted living facility, Aja learns compassion and how important yet fragile life is.

Beware spoilers ahead!

I received this E-ARC via Netgalley and Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

DNF

When I first heard about this book I thought that it sounded interesting. I read through some of the reviews and saw all the appealing feedback. I did not hesitate to request it. Unfortunately I didn’t like the writing style.

The book begins with Aja waiting outside of the principle’s office. The principle is having an argument with one of her teachers about expelling her. She hasn’t been to school that much, she has missing assignments, and on top of that the town believes her to be crazy because her mother is psychic. The teacher’s argument is that Aja needs a guide and that she would like to be her guide.

Aja out of frustration decides to leave and on the way out steals $40 from an open wallet. If they truly believe that Aja’s some crazy and a bad kid, then fine so be it. She reaches home and heads upstairs to get ready for work. While upstairs the police arrive regarding the money she stole. She quickly leaves her house and a stranger offers her a ride. The stranger Walker explains that her mother sent him to get Aja. She agrees and the two drive to the mall.

Her boss isn’t happy that she’s late and not dressed in the uniform and sets her off to fold some clothes. While folding she hears a mother treating her child badly. When the mother slaps her daughter Aja stands up for the daughter. Telling her not to put up with her mother and that if her mother hits her again she should call the police. At some point her boss arrives and promises the rude mother a gift card. He also fires Aja.

Aja leaves in a fit. She meets up with a friend of her and they chat for a bit. Eventually said friend has to leave and Aja calls Walker for a ride. On the way back to her house Walker tells Aja of a waitress job at an elderly’s home. At first Aja denies the idea of working there. But seeing no other choice she applies for the job. And thanks to a recommendation from Walker she gets the job.

My problem with this was the writing style. I think that it would’ve been better if it was first person rather than third person. This is a personal issue.

I loved Aja! She was really smart and stood her own ground. I really felt for her. It wasn’t fair that she was being judged based on her background. She isn’t any of those labels the townspeople consider her to be. Walker seemed sweet and her mother was nice. I don’t have anything else to say because I didn’t skim the book after I DNFed it.

Overall I didn’t like the writing style for this book. I still recommend it because I think that it’s a wonderful story. If you are still unsure if you want to read it read some of the other reviews. I recommend it to fans of contemporary (it has some contemporary), and fans of lighthearted fantasy (the story focuses more on the characters than the fantasy aspect).

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