Monday, April 23, 2018
Layover by Katrina Jackson
For such a short novel, wow--a lot was packed into this.
Okay. Lena, travel blogger, music playlist maker extraordinaire, is running.
Okay, she's traveling, but she's running. Running from the grief of the loss of her mother; and the things she can't understand--like home, a foundation, and what exactly is she doing with her life?
While working her travel blog, through social media, she meets, Tony. Tony and his boy Kwame, have a podcast, that has catapulted them in to a sort of stardom. In the process, he and Lena connect. They chat, they flirt, before finally, Tony sets up and interview with Lena while she's in town.
Their encounter was intended to brief, at least for her--but the impact and the "music," they make is permanent.
Told in tracks, like the sides of cassette tapes, with music and travel as it's base--Layover was a punch of a novel, hitting all the right notes, and leaving nothing to be desired
I do not do novellas, normally. They tend to be incomplete, rushed, and a waste of my precious time, and coint.
However, Layover made me a believer. I say, it made me a believer.
A solid background, flushed out characters, charm and an encompassing sense of nostalgia, made Layover a great novel.
I was able to connect with Lena fairly easily despite the book's short length. Her path in life, and where she was in it, was so close to my own--that I found myself hoping for the ending she desired.
I was completely charmed by Tony, his feelings, the way he carried himself, and his work. Even though you would think there wasn't much room for the author to write an impactful, or even romantic romance--she accomplished that effortlessly. You believed in the love in this story, and for a novella that's no easy feat.
Again, effortlessly. I'd describe most of the novel that way. Despite its length--the flow, the plot, and the pacing, all flowed and worked together effortlessly. I'm thoroughly impressed and happy with this one.
It's very well done. It's the perfect read for the train, for the beach--just about anywhere you have time to read. You'll easily get sucked in and before long you'll be done and begging for more--more books that is.
Try out some of Jackson's other books:
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