The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle (4 out of 5)
When Holly’s Penguin Random House rep Sheila brought this (with her “recommended” sticker upon it), she had a funny look on her face. The same sort of look she gets when me and the boys at work are discussing delicious steak. I can’t remember exactly what it was she said, but it was something about “weird”. Oh yes, it’s not a typical young adult read, but that’s what I LOVE. The more unusual, the better. And that cover! If that cover doesn’t cause you to pick up the book and investigate it more, well, I don’t think you have an iota of inquisitiveness in your body. Great job, Penguin Random House, or whomever chose that cover, because it will cause people to pick up that book and read further. And hopefully…hopefully…buy it!
“The Accident Season” is the period of time that Cara’s family becomes incredibly accident prone. Beginning at the end of October (personal note: a time of year that I identify as sucking for the last 19 years.. in my family), they lock away anything that can be used as a weapon or the smallest household item that could cause harm, even if it were something that normally wouldn’t cause a mouse harm. Her family has seen many deaths during the Accident Season, and every year, they do the best they can to safeguard themselves and the others. The family unit is incredibly close and also incredibly puzzled and fearful over why these things keep happening to them every October- what sort of strange paranormal black cloud hangs over this family? There’s a lot of feels here, some closeness, even a little bit of romance! It’s not all black mourning clothes with this one. Obviously, there is a bit of magic and paranormal secrets afloat that come to head with the end. But holy crap, what a great book! I have not read anything this original and entertaining in a while. I also have not read anything where I was rooting wholeheartedly for the family- and I was throughout this book. I was surprised multiple times with this one. It’s not like anything I have read in a long, long time. As usual, I’m a bit behind. This one came out in either July or August, but it’s NOT TOO LATE to get a copy and give it a spin. Good stuff!