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5 Stars: Review of Intoxic by Angie Gallion

See full issue for 2018 08-27
by Chantelle Atkins

The Rundown

Intoxic introduces the somewhat tragic character of Alison Hayes, a sixteen-year-old girl who lives in a trailer with her alcohol addicted mother. I believe there are two more books in this series, which follows the journey of Alison, and I very much look forward to reading them. This was a book I could really get my teeth into. Although at times, a little long-winded, I didn’t mind because I felt as though Alison was retelling her story in her own words, in her own way. For me, the author therefore completely got inside the head of this young, troubled teen and made me feel like she was talking directly to me. I often felt like comforting her as her tragic existence unfolded. It felt very much like a diary form, Alison regurgitating her thoughts, feelings and frustrations onto the page. This made for a very real, raw and gritty read. Alison has no idea who her father was. Her mother’s current boyfriend Mitch seems to be on the way out, and her mother has a habit of lurching from one disaster to the next, with very little thought about her daughter. Another poignant side to this story was Alison’s attraction to her best friend Dylan. She feels too trashy and dirty for him, and the story left me wondering and hoping that things might one day work out between them. The story heads to a climactic ending which offers tragedy and relief to Alison. I will certainly be reading the next two books to find out what happens to her. I liked her a lot as a character and I think anyone who likes a gritty and emotional read, full of teen drama, will enjoy this book.


The Recommendation

This was a book I could really get my teeth into. For me, the author completely got inside the head of troubled teen Alison. I often felt like comforting her as her tragic existence unfolded. It felt very much like a diary form, Alison regurgitating her thoughts, feelings and frustrations onto the page. This made for a very real, raw and gritty read. Anyone who likes a gritty and emotional read, full of teen drama, will enjoy this book.


The Rating Reviewer Rating: 5 Stars

5 Stars (out of 5): Highly recommended. This book did exactly what it set out to do, with originality, style, and maybe even a twist. It stands out next to popular, traditionally published novels in its genre.

The Pros & Cons

Pros: Characterization, Dialogue, Emotional, Strong World-Building, Unique Style
Cons: Slow in Places

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The Reviewer

Chantelle Atkins

Chantelle Atkins is a mother of four from Dorset, England. She is addicted to both music and books and is currently on a mission to become as self-sufficient as possible. She has self-published four novels and has just released her first short story collection. She writes for both the YA and adult genres. When she’s not writing books, she’s busy running her writing business Chasing Driftwood, which delivers creative writing clubs and workshops to local children and adults. She also writes regular articles about writing for Author’s Publish magazine, as well as short pieces for a local parenting magazine.

 

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