Bold by Julia Swift & Andrew Landis is a story of two teens just trying to find their way. They both have tragedy in their past, and they’re trying to come to terms with it in the only ways they know how. Through this they are brought together. The perspective changes between Sasha and Will throughout the story. I liked how it gave me a look at life through both of their eyes. I feel like I truly knew where each character was coming from. Sure, I wanted to slap them around at times, but they came across as very human. We make mistakes and do stupid things. The romance grew with the story, and with the personalities of these characters that made it all the more believable. Bold was a lovely coming of age story from these first-time authors. I’ll be keeping my eyes open for more books by them in the future!
Bold by Julia Swift & Andrew Landis was kindly provided to me by the authors for review. The opinions are my own.
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Bold, written by two very accomplished TV screenwriters, is the story of Sasha and Will, who find each other when both need someone. Will is dealing with the loss of his father and Sasha has just escaped death. They challenge each other in a way no one else can, ultimately helping the other process what they’ve been through.
Bold is told through alternating points of view, and I’m happy to report that both are unique and distinct, which is not always the case. There are situations where both Will and Sasha defy stereotypes and have to make peace with the hands they’ve been dealt. I enjoyed how they didn’t save each other, yet worked in partnership, something we need more of in YA. The prose and dialogue was always realistic and I felt any reader would find something they could relate to. Part of why I read novels that feature young adult heros and heroines is I love the coming of age moment, and the process of figuring out who you’re going to be in life. Swift and Landis do an excellent job of illustrating that in Bold.
4/5 – for fans of all kind of contemporary YA
Author: Julia Swift and Andrew Landis
** Thanks to the authors for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review**
Learning to be BOLD
When Sasha, a shy, 15-year-old girl who hides from the world, almost dies in a car crash, she vows that if she survives, she will be bold and live life to the fullest. Her newfound courage is tested when she meets Will, who moved to town after his journalist father’s disappearance. Will is fascinated by Sasha’s brush with and secret knowledge of death.
Sasha and Will push each other to take chances and break out of their sheltered world. Will they discover the difference between being bold and being reckless before they put themselves, or someone else, in danger?
First off, I have to admit I was unknowingly already a fan of these two author’s prior to reading this book. I have followed T.V. shows that they have written for such as Smallville and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys for years. So after learning that Swift and Landis had contributed to some of my favourite young adult television dramas, I could not wait to sink my teeth into their YA fiction offering. I was met with some definite similarities in themes and motifs which did not disappoint. Continue reading