Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Review: All It Takes by Sadie Munroe

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Nineteen-year-old Star Collins never intended to return to her hometown, Avenue. That part of her life ended when she was nine years old, and child services took her away from her hoarder mother. Her mother chose her stuff over her daughter. That part of her life was supposed to be in the past.

But her mother has just passed away and Star finds herself giving up her summer to quietly clean out her old home. She just wants to sell it and move on with her life. However, things aren't going the way she planned. With her dyed-black hair and tattoos, she's attracting almost as much attention from the small town residents as Ash Winthrope, the guy who was just released from prison.

All Ash wants is a chance to start over. He screwed up and he knows it, he's going to have to live with the guilt for the rest of his life. But he's stuck in Avenue until his parole ends, and no one, not even his own parents, wants anything to do with him. Nearly out of money and completely out of options, Ash takes the only job he can, helping Star haul stuff out of her mother's house.

Neither of them expects anything to happen between them, or for their lives to change. But sometimes meeting the right person is all it takes.

"Like everything bad that has ever happened in my life, it started with a phone call."

'All It Takes' is Sadie Munroe's debut novel. Although it's categorized as a new adult title, it brings the genre a welcoming breath of fresh air. College campus dramas, angsty young adults, and incomprehensible drama are no where to be found. Instead the reader finds that Sadie Munroe focuses on real life problems that are often ignored in many genres; hoarding, coming to terms with your past in a healthy way, and working towards a hopeful future. The emotion and events in 'All It Takes' are real and free from ridiculous and over the top scenarios. It's certainly unlike any other new adult title I've read in the past.

Ash and Star, two troubled characters with a fierce determination for a fresh start, meet in the most unlikely of situations. Star hires Ash to help her clear the aftermath of her mother's hoarding and the two connect in a way that is both surprising and refreshing; through mutual respect and friendship. Key word: mutual respect, not angsty dramatic nonsense that will leave you questioning every decision you've ever made. Trust me, that's happened to me. Instead, Ash and Star have a connection that isn't initiated by lust and it's one of the most redeeming qualities of this novel. It's something I'd like to see more in my reading material, not only in the new adult genre.

Sadie Munroe shows promise with this debut. Her writing flows wonderful and holds onto your attention, you're wholeheartedly invested in Ash and Star's story. Her characters are real and don't fail to connect with the reader. I'm impressed and I certainly hope to see more from her.

"Stars. Eighteen of them. One for every year I'd been trying, and failing, just to be me."

Readers looking for a new book in the new adult genre or just a refreshing new summer read before the school year begins, are recommended to give 'All It Takes' a try. It's a story that won't leave you rolling your eyes, will keep you hooked, and will make you wish to see and learn more about Ash and Star (sequel, please). I expect to hear more from Sadie in the near future and look forward to reading anything she releases. Sadie, I look forward to your unique perspective and tales.

Rating: 4 / 5 Cupcakes. Recommended.

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  1. Excellent review Wendy!

  2. Great review
    I like New Adult but like you said sometimes they all just end up being the same
    All It Takes sounds great

    1. Thanks =D It really is a great read and unlike any book in the new adult genre. Definitely recommended!

  3. I still haven't caught the NA fever. This is not a book I would have even thought of trying if it wasn't for your review and your lovely cupcake rating!