“Friendship isn’t something that’s supposed to be perfect because people aren’t perfect. People will lie, they will cheat and they will let you down. Friendship is what picks you up. You can’t pick someone up if they never fall down. I don’t care how many times we fall – one of us will be there to hold the other up.”
– Non Pratt, Remix
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.
One of the best parts of being a book reviewer is receiving books by authors you haven’t seen or read before! When Remix by Non Pratt appeared in my letterbox I was excited, even more so when I googled Pratt and discovered I was one of the last people on earth (or so it seems) who hasn’t read her first book Trouble. The interesting thing is, Remix couldn’t be further away from who I am. I have never been to, or been interested in going to a music festival despite having a love of all kinds of music. The greatest joy of reading is being able to experience something new!
Set over one wild weekend Remix tells the story of Kaz and Ruby, best friends forever! With their Remix tickets in hand, they head off for a music filled weekend. Kaz and Ruby are each going for different reasons; Kaz is out to show her ex-boyfriend Tom what he is missing out on and Ruby is running from her life. What could possibly go wrong?
While there is plenty of boy drama in this book, Pratt’s focus is on female friendship. The story is told from alternating points of view from Kaz and Ruby and while I found this rather frustrating at times it gave an excellent insight into each of the characters. Kaz is the gentle dreamer and an open book when it comes to emotion. Ruby is a force of nature, bold, possessive and carefree (only surface deep though). It is the girls’ love of music that draws them together however over the course of the weekend their friendship is pushed to the limits. Boys, alcohol and technology all play a part in the miscommunications between Kaz and Ruby and when Lauren is thrown into the mix (Kaz’s ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend) it all goes downhill very quickly! The more Kaz and Lauren get along, the more Ruby pushes the limits, overwhelmed by her jealousy and fear of being left behind. But Kaz is also hiding a dark secret that is eating her up on the inside, “he [shone] a light into the deepest darkest places where the guilt, the hypocrisy is cosseted in the bubble-wrap of self-righteousness.” Strong words! This is quite possibly my favourite line of the book because it could easily have been said to any of the characters. It is something most people are guilty of doing, hiding shame and guilt in the deepest recesses of our beings. As each character admits to their wrong-doing, they are slowly brought back together again – it is YA after all!
In saying that, I really enjoyed Remix. The change of perspective between characters is something I usually enjoy but the shifts between Kaz and Ruby were a little too frequent; I found myself getting confused with who was telling the story and which character was struggling with what. There was quite a lot packed into the story! Remix is fast-paced and thoroughly enjoyable!
AUTHOR: Non Pratt
PUBLISHER: Walker Books Austrlia
PUB DATE: August 2015
Thank you to Walker Books Australia for sending me a reading copy in exchange for an honest review!