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Title: Shade Me
Author: Jennifer Brown
Age Group: High schoolers and above
Rating: 3/4 Stars
Synopsis: “Nikki Kill has always been an outsider. Born with rare synesthesia, she sees the world differently. In Nikki’s eyes, happiness is pink, sadness is a mixture of brown and green, and lies are gray.
To Nikki, Peyton Hollis, the ultrarich it-girl at school, was seemingly untouchable. That is, until Peyton is violently attacked and the only phone number the hospital finds in Peyton’s cell is Nikki’s. Suddenly Nikki is pulled into Peyton’s glittering, fast-paced world as she tries to unravel an unfolding conspiracy.
As Nikki gets closer to the dark truth—and to Peyton’s gorgeous older brother—the only thing she can be sure of is death is a deep, pulsing crimson.” (Amazon.com)
I’m always ready to read a good mystery and so I naturally wanted to read this book as soon as I could get my hands on it. When I first started, I honestly didn’t like the main character very much. She seemed like your average struggling high school student (except the synesthesia*, which I’ll talk about in a bit), not to mention my polar opposite. Eventually as I kept reading, though, I began to really appreciate her strong will and determination to uncover the truth. By the end of the book, there was only one big problem I had in general. It is certainly to be expected of a YA novel, but this book would’ve been a little more interesting for me if the romance hadn’t really even been there. The romance seemed more like it was added at the end for some extra spice, when the plot was already quite spicy enough on it’s own.
Romance aside, the plot of this book was intriguing. There were a lot of different elements and plot shifts that kept the book exciting. I think that the aspect of synesthesia* was also one of the best parts. The idea at first was simply cool to read about, but as the story progressed (trying not to spoil it here) it added such an extra level to the story that made the book stand out from other mysteries that I’ve read.
Before I finish this, I have one more thing to mention. I know that this book is actually the first of a series and despite the fact that I quite enjoyed it, I will not be reading the sequel. The only reason for this is the ending; the author finished the book very effectively and I was left feeling totally satisfied. There were no loose ends to clear up and all the conflict had been resolved. I don’t really see a point in continuing this series because I don’t feel that there is much else that could happen to this character.
*Note: Syneshesia is a rare brain condition where a person correlates a color with a number, word, smell etc.