Author: Non Pratt
Published: June 4th 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Length: 304 pages
I purchased a copy of this book.
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
From the author of Trouble comes a new novel about boys, bands and best mates.
Kaz is still reeling from being dumped by the love of her life… Ruby is bored of hearing about it. Time to change the record.
Three days. Two best mates. One music festival. Zero chance of everything working out.
You can find my review of Non’s debut, Trouble, here.
When I headed out to YALC at the London Film and Comic Con over the weekend of July 17th to 19th, I knew that I needed to get this book if it was there. I had to wait until the Sunday to buy it, but it was worth it! This book has everything. Set over a weekend at a music festival, it’s a whirlwind of friendships and relationships that break and form and renew. I loved Non’s first book, Trouble, and I loved this one even more. Non is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors and I’m excited to see what she comes up with next.
Kaz and Ruby have been best friends for a long time. A weekend at Remix music festival is going to be the highlight of their summer. But Kaz is still trying, unsuccessfully, to get over her ex Tom, who she knows is going to be there, and Ruby is about to be blindsided by her ex, Stu, who she says she’s over but deep down really isn’t. I loved the girls. They were full of life and love and energy. They were also such different people, too. Kaz is totally lovesick over Tom and I felt so bad for her the whole time they were interacting at the camp site. Despite all the warnings and obvious signs from everyone around her, Kaz is blind to the fact that Tom seems to have a girlfriend and still thinks he’ll be hers again. Ruby’s ex was an equally excruciating experience to watch, since he openly taunted her about how much she still wants him.
I loved the different dynamics of the relationships between the girls and their exes, the exes themselves, and just generally all the teens reacting to each other. There was a lot of judging and shouting and general over protecting of both girls.
The events that unfold over the weekend had me feeling so bad for both girls. They end up falling out and drifting away from each other due to Tom’s girlfriend showing up on the scene. I did end up getting the warm fuzzies and grinning like an idiot when Kaz met the ever so sweet and adorable Sebastian. I loved him.
Obviously, I don’t want to go into all the twists and turns of their weekend too much as it would spoil the book for those of you who still want to read it, but it is a wild ride from start to finish. Showing just how strong friendships can be when put to the test and strained to the limit, that you can’t help who you love or who loves you, that it’s okay to be vulnerable sometimes, Remix is a beautiful book about relationships of all kinds.
I don’t think I’ll ever be disappointed by Non Pratt’s writing. It is always stunning.
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About the Author
Non Pratt’s real name is Leonie, but please don’t call her that unless she’s done something really bad. She grew up in Teesside and now lives in London. She wrote her first book aged fourteen. After graduating from Cambridge University, Non decided to work in children’s publishing. Unfortunately, she went to her first job interview with her top on inside out. Fortunately, they hired her anyway. Since then she has worked as a non-fiction editor at Usborne and fiction publisher at Catnip. She now writers full-time, and Trouble is her debut novel.
Find out more about Non at her Twitter.