First off, please can we appreciate how breathtakingly beautiful the cover of this book is. It is completely relevant as well. Carla Carroll moves around a lot, because of her mother’s job as a scientific journalist. When her mother gets a promotion, the family permanently move to London. Here, Carla joins yet another new school. But she doesn’t just want to be bland and fit in; Carla wants to spread her glorious butterfly wings and be popular. This seems doable when she falls for the school ‘fittie’, Finn Masterson. Carla’s life is almost perfect, until drugs and exams are thrown into the mix.
‘Drop’ starts out like any other ordinary teenage girl ‘I want to be perfect and popular’ book. I guess this kind of irritated me at first, because it was not by far what in was expecting from the book. Carla kind of got on my nerves in this way too, because she just wanted to be perfect. What is perfect? Why does every teenage girl go to school and aspire to be perfect? I guess I was judging Carla’s character way too early, because she does undergo some extensive character development throughout the book. It kind of makes me think that Everson made Carla a bit shallow to start with on purpose.
The think, form what I have watched in documentaries and heard about in the news, that Everson presents a very real idea of drugs and the problems they can cause. For one, she clearly and accurately shows how easily and casually teenagers are getting hold of and doing drugs nowadays. It is kind of atrocious. Furthermore, Carla’s problems that are caused by the drugs seem like a very real threat. I think that this book could possibly be the wake up call for many young kids feeling rebellious and doing stupid things to their bodies with drugs.
My favourite character in this book has to be Isaac, because he has already undergone the character development Carla needs to. All he wants to do throughout the book is to protect the people he loves, even if that means putting his own neck on the line. The whole theme of butterflies in the book is beautifully symbolic. The change that a butterfly goes through in its life are immense and there are many characters in this book that undergo massive changes as well.
This book receives 4/5 stars – great!
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