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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized3 Comments

Publisher: EgmontUSA
Publication Date: 25 May 2010
ISBN: 1606840851
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Pages: 288
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Place(s) Traveled to: Centerville, Ohio

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

First Line: “You’re taller than me,” I said as I approached the thin figure standing in front of the green bench.

When I first picked up Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride I made the mistake of doing so late on a Sunday night. For once I started it I could not put it down and ended up reading until the wee hours of Monday morning. By the time I finished the book I had only about 2 hours before I needed to start getting ready for work and knew that I was in for a hellish day. And yet, it was all worth it because I loved this story. Where there things in the book that I would have liked to see more of? yes. But I was happy with what McBride gave me.

The story starts two years after Tessa’s best friend Noelle was abducted and a few days after Noelle called her family home with plan for her to come home. During the time that Noelle has been gone Tessa has stopped time within herself as much as possible. She has found it hard to move forward when she didn’t know what happened to Noelle….when Noelle was unable to move forward. When Noelle returns Tessa’s life is thrown off kilter and she doesn’t quite know how to react. On one hand she is thrilled to have Noelle back….but the Noelle that returns is not the same girl who left.

In some ways I think Tessa expected everything to magically be better once Noelle returns and throughout Tension of Opposites she learns that isn’t the case. Tension of Opposites is about self discovery and growth and learning to deal with a world where terrible things can happen. Its a story of hope and survival and I loved reading about the journey that Tessa goes through from shock, to staticness, to living her life on her terms. The one thing I found missing was the lack of perspective from Noelle. Noelle herself was a contradiction and I never was able to put my finger on who she was. Or fully understood what she was going though.

Even with the lack of POV from Noelle, I thought that Tension of Opposites was a beautiful story. It kept me up and had me turning the pages until there were no more to turn. And for me that makes a great book. Its not often that a book keeps me up all night. Especially on a night when I need to be a fully functional adult the next day. So for me this book was filled with win and I highly recommend it to all.

3 Responses to “Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride”

  1. Lenore

    I didn’t know this was set in Centerville! I went to high school in Fairborn, and we played Centerville in sports.

  2. bermudaonion

    Sounds like a good book! So many people say reading puts them to sleep and I always reply, if it’s a good book, it keeps me awake!