I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar
Published by Penguin Books Australia on April 26th 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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Imagine there is someone you like so much that just thinking about them leaves you desperate and reckless. You crave them in a way that's not rational, not right, and you're becoming somebody you don't recognise, and certainly don't respect, but you don't even care. And this person you like is unattainable. Except for one thing... He lives downstairs.
Abbie has three obsessions. Art. The ocean. And Kane.
But since Kane's been back, he's changed. There's a darkness shadowing him that only Abbie can see. And it wants her in its world.
A gothic story about the very dark things that feed the creative process.
My first inclination upon finishing Night Beach is to flood my review with several happy, dancing gifs.
Yeah, that will do.
That would be a helluva lot easier than trying to express why and how I loved this book so much.
However, allow me to give you some very valid reasons to read this book:
1. Eagar is an extremely promising Australian author.
2. This book is blurbed by Melina Marchetta for a reason.
3. I told you to.
Not everyone is going to completely get Night Beach. Eagar’s style is both raw and brutal, showing no mercy. Her characters, so real, tangible and lovingly created, are stripped bare for her audience. Nothing is hidden or glossed over. No emotion is withheld and no reality is too stark to express.
At first Abbie seems an unlikable character, but her self-awareness and patheticness lends her a touch of palatability. But there is a depth and strength to Abbie that becomes increasingly evident as the book progresses. At first you think Abbie’s obsession is like Call of Duty Nazi Zombies – endless and a little pointless but you can’t stop yourself. But Abbie has so much growth, so much passion and so much heroism that she was almost addicting.
Kane was… Kane. Kane was many young, stupid Australian boys that I’ve met and Eagar’s ability to capture the young, male Australian specimen for display here is almost a feat of genius. I think the brilliance of Eagar’s writing for Night Beach is her ability to mirror a longing in the audience that is reminiscent of Abbie’s own feelings and obsession. Those brief flashes of something worthwhile and lovable in Kane which are briefly littered through out the novel. It keeps you hoping that maybe, just maybe he’ll be good enough for Abbie. Maybe one day he’ll be all she wants and needs from him.
If I were to describe Eagar’s prose as ambitious and artistic, some readers may have horrifying Shatter Me flashbacks. This is a different kind of ambitious and artistic. Phoebe North, I believe, said it best in her review when she wrote:
“I believe that the onus is on the writer to earn our trust in their mastery over prose. I never was quite convinced that Mafi was the master here; her writing was just too imprecise, connoting all the wrong things (and clearly not intentionally) entirely too often.”
In other words: your language seems pretty but, on reflection, is stupid, painful and nonsensical.
This sentiment, and her entire review, I completely agree with. Happily, it is not the case with Night Beach. Eagar’s language is descriptive and powerful, but it is also precise and Eagar wields it with precision and great skill. I wanted to find an example of Eagar’s skill and the tightness of her prose. But her language is so understated and appropriate for the narrative that excerpts simply don’t do it as much justice.
The plot issues I had with [book:Raw Blue|6989576] were nonexistent here. The book felt complete and entirely satisfactory in its ending. What’s more is that it made sense and was true to the themes and the characters.
Perhaps the best part of all this? Kirsty Eagar has joined with Melina Marchetta and they are both now my favouritest authors ever. They both live in Sydney. Guess where I live and what I’ll be doing now?
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