Review: Troublemakers by Catherine Barter

TroublemakersTroublemakers by Catherine Barter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A book with more diversity than action which ultimately makes it a slow and quiet read a far cry from what the blurb seems to promise.

Pros:
– The diversity and liberal thinking in Troublemakers was wonderful to read and it kept my interest up throughout as I was curious about how Barter was going to continue to present these characters in a complex way without going to stereotypes; she did it brilliantly! This makes Troublemakers easily one of my favourite books for how it displayed a variety of lifestyles in a normalised way without shouting about them
– In a climate where there’s a desperate push to engage young people in politics, I enjoyed the maturity of the protagonist’s political dilemmas, although, that same maturity didn’t make her feel like a very realistic teenager. Her depth of thought about politics clashes with her naivete about relationships and I feel that being very perceptive in one area would imply you are in the other. She didn’t feel realistic or all that interesting.

Cons:
– I wanted this book to be written by Danny. Danny was the most interesting character and I was bored by a fairly easy-going coming-of-age story when we could have been given something with so much more depth from Danny’s viewpoint. If that was made into a prequel I’d buy it in a heartbeat!
– There were a few scenes in this that completely took me out of the book and ruined it for me; they were entirely unrealistic and took away from the story
– The entire book felt as though it was building to something that doesn’t happen, the climax is ultimately anti-climatic and it all gets solved very neatly and they live happily ever after. The blurb had me expecting a novel with a bit more of a punch, I would’ve been far happier with the book had it been marketed differently to suit its style

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