Stars Given: 5/5
Review: All readers get to a point in a good book where they can’t even fathom putting the novel down for a second. I experienced that multiple times while reading D.O.R.K. This novel had me dreaming about the characters whenever I wasn’t reading it, it was just that good. It was like a rock and roll version of The Parent Trap! It took me a few chapters to like Madison’s character, as I felt her emotions at the beginning of the novel were extreme, but as the novel progressed they became more understandable.
I loved every character in this novel. Even the ones that we were suppossed to hate! They were just all so real. Despard does a fabulous job of creating loveable characters, and evoking emotion in her readers. She really captured the young adult voice well, which is often hard to do. I wish the second novel was out already, as I am dying to read the rest of Mads’ story. Mads is hilarious and like a breath of fresh air. I found myself giggling like a freak a little too often while reading! The only thing that bothered me was that the underage characters were so easily able to get alcohol with hardly any repercussions. The only time that this actually made me stop and wonder how they got it was when they were out at a club and they ordered a round of shots. This just seemed unrealistic, and I’d have liked to have had some mention of them having fake ID’s or something. Other than that, that was the only thing in this novel that I didn’t like.
Another thing that caught my attention was how well the editing in this story was done. I didn’t find any errors, and that just added to make me love this book even more. I really loved Despard’s writing style. She uses the perfect amount of description, and throws in humor and teen angst as well. This novel has been one of the top three novels I have read so far this year. If this books becomes a movie, I will be the first in line to see it. I swear the book was paying in my head as I read! Sometimes I would put my kindle down to go eat, and return thinking that I had been watching something on Netflix! Praise to Haley Despard for throwing a bit of her soul into this novel. I am so grateful that I got to read and review it. I will definitely be reading more from this author, and spreading the word about this fantastic start to the D.O.R.K series!