'89 Walls by Katie Pierson
Published by: Wise Ink
Publication date: June 5th 2015
Genres: Romance, Historical fiction, Political
College is not in the cards for Seth. He spends his minimum wage on groceries and fakes happiness to distract his mom from the MS they both know will kill her. It’s agony to carry around a frayed love note for a girl who’s both out of his league and beneath his dignity.
Quinn’s finishing high school on top. But that cynical, liberal guy in her social studies class makes her doubt her old assumptions. Challenging the rules now, though, would a) squander her last summer at home, b) antagonize her conservative dad, and c) make her a hypocrite.
Seth and Quinn’s passionate new romance takes them both by surprise. They keep it a secret: it’s too early to make plans and too late not to care. But it’s 1989. As politics suddenly get personal, they find themselves fighting bare-fisted for their beliefs—and each other—in the clear light of day.
I got this book from Netgalley because it was a read now and I was putting it off for so long. I finally got round to reading it because I had a really long car journey to france and thought I could read it then but as usual I got side tracked and listened to Psycobabble (which is a great podcast).
The characters were very three dimensional, I felt even the minor characters had a whole back story in Katie's mind. I especially loved the contrast between Seth and Quinn, I thought that was well written.
I also loved how Katie used politics as a base for the whole book to go back to every time. I thought that the addition of Quinn being brought up to be a republican compared to Seth who is a democrat because this helped me see both sides of the story rather then just one.
My huge problem with this book was how sexually explicit it was, I felt really uncomfortable reading these parts and extremely grossed out at some sections of these scenes.
In conclusion, a overall okay book with only one problem which I think is relatively uncommon in YA books. It is definitely aimed more at older teenagers. I can't wait to see what Katie Pierson has install for us. I'm giving '98 Walls 4/5.
*This book was given to me for free by netgalley in return for an honest review, however this doesn't effect my opinion