Published 4th June 2015 by Walker Books.
Goodreads Synopsis: From the author of Trouble comes a new novel about boys, bands and best mates.
Kaz is still reeling from being dumped by the love of her life… Ruby is bored of hearing about it. Time to change the record.
Three days. Two best mates. One music festival. Zero chance of everything working out.
My Review: Non Pratt’s début novel, Trouble, was undoubtedly one of the best UKYA novels of last year. I was really looking forward to reading more from Non – and a book set at a music festival sounded pretty awesome!
Remix is quite a quick read which was great for me, but the story was so complex and well written. It centres around two best friends, Ruby and Kaz, who tag along with Ruby’s brother and his boyfriend to a music festival – mainly to see their favourite band, Goldentone. From the first night, issues start to unfold. Unexpected people join them at the venue, and some pretty insane things happen – all over the course of a three-day camp.
I really loved the protagonists – They were are well written as Non’s characters in Trouble were. Ruby and Kaz are both flawed and relatable characters who were just really fun to read about.
That said, it did take me almost half of the book to actually understand the network of people – there isn’t a huge cast, but the dual narrative switches so quickly (literally every few paragraphs at some points) that I couldn’t keep track! The narratives of Kaz and Ruby were both well crafted, and I could really feel both girls’ voices – but they changed so quickly that I lost track of who-had-drama-with-who at points.
The final pages of Remix will leave you in a bit of a daze – everything spirals into quite a shocking conclusion that completely stunned me. It feels like quite an abrupt ending – though it’s the kind of resolution that keeps the book in your head for days.
Overall, Remix was another great title from Non Pratt and I’m looking forward to her next book. It’s a perfect read if you’re looking for something short-ish – but one that is very eventful and emotional. I can’t stop thinking about the two best friends!
I received a copy of Remix from the publisher, via LoveReading4Kids, in exchange for a review. In no way at all did this affect my thoughts.
My Remix quote on LoveReading4Kids here!
I too was excited for something new from Non after Trouble and gave this the same rating as you did! Despite really enjoying this, I do agree with you about the abrupt ending and also felt like it needed a bit more of a central plot other than friends fight, boy drama. I also didn’t get the same I LOVE THIS AND MUST SHOUT ABOUT IT TO THE UNIVERSE feeling I did with Trouble, but that book is tough to top! I can’t wait to see what Non does next. 🙂
Completely agreed, Becky! 😀 Non’s debut was fantastic, it’s hard to top a book like that, although Remix was still an awesome read. 🙂
I’ve heard such good things about Non’s books, so I’m looking forward to reading this and Trouble sometime! Great review! 🙂
Yay, thank you! I hope you enjoy her books. They’re great.