Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a fantastic day so far. I am excited to be a part of the blog tour for “Girl on the Ferris wheel” by Julie Halpern and Len Vlahoes. This tour is hosted by Xpresso Book Tours.
Girl on the Ferris Wheel
by Julie Halpern, Len Vlahos
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: January 12th 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
In Girl on the Ferris Wheel, Julie Halpern and Len Vlahos expertly tackle this quirky and poignant romance that explores what first love really means—and how it sometimes hurts like hell.
Tenth graders Eliana and Dmitri could not be more different. He’s an outgoing, self-confident drummer in a punk band called Unexpected Turbulence. Eliana is introspective and thoughtful, and a movie buff who is living with depression.
Dmitri quite literally falls for Eliana when he sees her in gym class and slams into a classmate. The pair then navigate the ins and outs of first love. Exciting, scary, unexpected, and so much more difficult than they ever imagined. They say opposites attract, but they soon realize that there is so much they just don’t understand about each other. It begs the question: How long can first love possibly last when you’re so different?Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42643176-girl-on-the-ferris-wheel
Purchase:Amazon: https://amzn.to/2LeZgIFB&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/girl-on-the-ferris-wheel-julie-halpern/1134864931?ean=9781250169396iBooks: https://books.apple.com/ca/book/girl-on-the-ferris-wheel/id1512784422?mt=11&id=1512784422&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
AUTHOR BIO:Julie Halpern is the award-winning author of seven young adult novels, one novel for adults, and one picture book for young readers. In her imaginary spare time she enjoys traveling, making cosplay for her kids, and eating baked goods. Julie lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Caldecott-winning author and illustrator Matthew Cordell, and their two children.
Len Vlahos dropped out of NYU film school in the mid ’80s to play guitar and write songs for Woofing Cookies, a punk-pop four piece that toured up and down the East Coast, and had two singles and one full-length LP on Midnight Records. After the band broke up, he followed his other passion, books. He is the author of The Scar Boys, a William C. Morris Award finalist and a #1 Indie Next pick, and Scar Girl, the book’s sequel. Len lives in Denver with his wife and two young sons, where he owns the Tattered Cover Book Store.
“Girl on the Ferris Wheel” is great for those who enjoy short, easy contemporary reads with positive representation of anxiety. Eliana and Dmitri were both great characters on their own, but for me they lacked chemistry. When the synopsis says that all they have in common is a love for film, I guess you should listen to it.
Eliana is at first very whiny and manipulative. She manipulates her guidance counselor into leaving a class based on one bad grade. Somehow, I found her less whiny with Dmitri, which is often the opposite with romances. The anxiety and depression representation in this book was very good for a YA. It was very clear how Eliana and Dmitri’s miscommunication on the subjects affected their relationship.
There were several instances where I found myself wondering if this really was a YA book. Sometimes, it felt geared toward middle grade, other times the themes were too mature for a middle grade novel.
Overall, “Girl on the Ferris Wheel” explores depression and anxiety through “love-crossed” teenagers with communication issues.
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
TW: Mention of suicide
Thank you again Xpresso Book Tours for hosting this tour!