Author: Marty Martins
Publisher: Mano Pa`ele
Date Read: January 11, 2011
The Blizzard has been the most surprising book I have read in a while. At first, I wasn’t getting into it; I just didn’t click with the characters. I saw them as a throwback perfect family a la 1950’s. And I guess that was the point. That even such a tight, close family with the best intentions can have misfortunes such as the ones this family had to face.
This book reminds of the types of books I would read in school and enjoy. The writing was to the point, concise. Martins did not need superfluous language to hook you in; the story did it on its own. I loved the style of the conversations and what the characters talked about. To me it was very realistic debates on sex and relationships that I have had with my own friends, and Martins did it without sounding preachy.
Chet was probably the biggest surprise to me. At the first introduction, I believed him to be the preppy and goody goody perfect son. Then you see the sarcastic, self- confident boy who would do anything to win the heart of the girl he adores. He and Melanie are two, honest to god, good kids. My only complaint is that although the topics and issues discussed where very real and current, the characters are a little too good to be true. I would say that the Chets in this world are rare, and the men no longer tend to be respecftul and are gentlemanly like he is; and the Melanies of the world are endangered species as well.
Still, I really enjoyed this book and it was it different from the norm I am used to. I am looking forward to see what Marty Martins comes up with next.
Writing Style: 4/5
Chet grinned back. “Can I carry your books to your locker?”
“No, thank you,” she said, then smiled the instant she saw the look of disappointment on his face. “But you can hold my hand.”
We will be hosting a interview and giveaway of the Blizzard with Marty Martins next week, so submit your questions in the comments section and we will be sure to ask him the good ones =)