Friday, December 16, 2016

Alterations~Stephanie Scott | Review

Title: Alterations
Author: Stephanie Scott
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Length: 237 Pages
Release: December 2016
My Rating: 3/5 Stars

I received a copy of this novel through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

There were certain things about this story that I really liked. While I am personally not a designer or into fashion, I appreciated the fact that Amelia was gifted and passionate about this. Her internship and what we got to see of her classes and experiences were a lot of fun. It was good to see a story that focused around someone furthering their talents. 

In the beginning Amelia goes to an internship in New York to study fashion and design. While I really enjoyed this aspect of the novel (and would have liked more of it, honestly), all of the lies Amelia tells were very frustrating. It started out innocently, but then progressed into a mess that I did not enjoy. I wanted to like her relationships that were developing in this new atmosphere, but until those lies were cleared away (which didn't happen for a long time), I had a hard time investing. 

The rest of the story revolved around Amelia being a fashion consultant to the girl dating the guy she had always been crushing on and helping Liam (said guy's twin) with a fashion app. With reality TV crews and confused emotions, things were bound to get out of control. 

Liam was a really likable character, but I wish he had been more confident. It seems like all computer geeks in fiction are shy or insecure, so I was hoping for a little more conviction here. Even so, he was mostly likable. I didn't feel like we got to know him all that well though. 

Amelia's conviction to take charge of her own life and not let obsessions rule her was nice and for the most part it panned out well. There were some times of relapse, but nothing overly cringe worthy. Once she realized how silly she had been for so long (and trust me, that was realistic. Many of us have been there), she started trying to figure out what she actually wanted. 

The ending to this is where I was bothered the most while reading. Everything in the last few chapters and epilogue was very rushed. There wasn't much resolution for a lot of the conflict, you didn't get to see much interaction between the characters once everything was out in the open, and it was just a little messy. I think it could have been stretched and explored a little more toward the end. 

Overall I had a lot of fun reading this and I thought it was quite well written. I will definitely consider reading any future novels from Stephanie. 

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