The best thing about the book is its world. The idea of the soul mate could have been cheesy but somehow, Lindsey Ouimet manages to make it so much better. I love that soul mate is not interchangeable with love interest and that finding one’s soul mate can be a one-sided experience. And that you don’t necessarily will find your soul mate during your life. It makes this whole idea so much more real. Also, just because you realise somebody is your soul mate the first time you see him/her does not mean you actually know that person. I like how the author has thought the idea of colour-blindness through – you have to learn to associate the names you have heard before with the colours. In conclusion, the idea and world building alone deserve a full star rating. (Just one thought, now that I am typing this: how do you find your soul mate if you are blind?).
Not sure I really like the main character, Libby. She is a bit bossy and self centred (then again, she is a teenager and I remember how I was as a teenager and self-centred is definitely a character trait during that time). However, I do like her focus on clothes. It doesn’t seem artificial and unreal and she’s not portrait as silly just because she likes skirts and style and sewing. It is also a great medium to transfer the difference of suddenly being able to see colours.
The story itself is not too extraordinary (taking away the soul mate thing) but still very enjoyable – it is a teen romance after all. But Libby is not a pushover character who succumbs to the boys first sign of affection but actually doesn’t take too much sh** from him. Good for her. The description of Andrew could have done with fewer adjectives (outside of romance novels, I’ve never read such a long description of a man’s physical appearance) but that is the only really negative point I have.
What this book is: an intriguing take on the idea of soul mates
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