Novel: Wildlife (Six Impossible Things/Widlife #2) by Fiona Wood | Goodreads
Release Date: September 16th, 2014
Source: BookPeople Teen Reviewing
Life? It’s simple: be true to yourself.
The tricky part is finding out exactly who you are…
In the holidays before the dreaded term at Crowthorne Grammar’s outdoor education camp two things out of the ordinary happened.
A picture of me was plastered all over a twenty-metre billboard.
And I kissed Ben Capaldi.
Boarding for a term in the wilderness, sixteen-year-old Sibylla expects the gruesome outdoor education program – but friendship complications, and love that goes wrong? They’re extra-curricula.
Enter Lou from Six Impossible Things – the reluctant new girl for this term in the great outdoors. Fragile behind an implacable mask, she is grieving a death that occurred almost a year ago. Despite herself, Lou becomes intrigued by the unfolding drama between her housemates Sibylla and Holly, and has to decide whether to end her self-imposed detachment and join the fray.
And as Sibylla confronts a tangle of betrayal, she needs to renegotiate everything she thought she knew about surviving in the wild.
A story about first love, friendship and NOT fitting in.
This book is pitched for fans of Melina Marchetta, so I assumed – hey, I’ll adore this. However, I was quite disappointed with this book.
It’s nothing like a Marchetta book. Not the writing style, the characters, the plot – nothing. Wildlife focuses around two main characters, Lou and Sibylla, and their unusual relationship at this wilderness camp for their high school. (Honestly, I never quite got the point of this camp.) I liked Lou most of the time – she was introverted but opinionated, broken and strong, all at the same time. I never quite knew what to expect from her, and I liked that – she surprised me, and she was honestly the only reason I even finished this book. Sibylla, on the other hand, was boring, naive, and someone who in real like I wouldn’t be able to stand, so I struggled with her narration. She was predictable and her friends bugged me to no end. These two characters were an unusual match, but I think I could’ve dealt with them if the plot had been better.
But it wasn’t. Wildlife is slow, which I can usually deal with, as long as there is something keeping my interest. With this book though, there wasn’t one thing keeping me interested. I put it down for a week at one point because I was just bored with it. And once I picked it back up, I had to force myself to read, thinking that it might get better, and to give it a chance – I was holding out for that Marchetta-ness. But it never came. The ending was just as unsatisfactory as the rest of the book, and I felt just plain let down after reading it. As if I wasted time on this book.
The one thing I liked in this entire book was Michael, this mysterious boy from Sibylla’s childhood and Lou’s present. He was kind, funny, and kept me guessing. I honestly wish the book was about him! Sorry, Fiona Wood. I was expecting more.