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  1. Toni Toni says:

    Sixteen year old Joanna Carlson is a typical teenager She likes music fashion and spending time with her best friends Gabby and Leah whom she's known since they went to the kindergarten Joanna was adopted by her grandparents thirteen years ago when her mother was killed in a car accident Her grandparents never speak about her mom which is a bit unusual and Jo can't remember anything from the timeOut of blue her estranged father Robert Newton contacts Joanna and would like to see her for the first time after all these years of being completely absent from her life Here is Jo's chance to find out what her mother was really like Robert isn't particularly happy when he hears that Jo's grandparents never told her any details about how exactly her mother died because he knows that behind this there is a tragic story which he has to share himselfWhen Joanna was two and a half years old she woke up from her nap played a little on her own and found a loaded gun which her father carelessly left under the bed and shot her mother Mandy While Robert was in custody and later in jail Mandy's parents took care of the little girl They even adopted her and moved to a different state to give her a new start in life without devastating memories Now that Joanna knows about what really happened her whole world has been turned upside downThe topic of guns and related gun violence is something people feel very strongly about It doesn't often get covered in YA literature Alex Richards is very careful to provide both sides of the argument On one hand we have tragic statistics of unintentional shootings involving very young children On the other hand she chooses another schoolgirl Annette Martinez to give arguments why people support safe gun ownership Joanna's grandfather himself used to own a hunting rifle which he was very careful to keep lockedWhat we see in this book is a psychological drama of a childadolescent who finds out she took away a life and needs to make sense of it and forgive herself Luckily Joanna has great friends Gabby and Leah and her boyfriend Milo who accept what happened and see it for it really was a tragic accident Joanna herself has to go through a difficult emotional journey in this book She is angry with her grandparents who chose to lie to her for all this time and have difficulty communicating with her now She is pushing away her friends trying to give them 'a card out' of their friendship but at the same time she wants them to love her the way she is It doesn't help that she is also going through a lot of bullying at school Joanna begins to have panic attacks brilliantly described by the author Loss grief guilt anger confusion self acceptance Joanna's character goes through a lot of development The secondary characters are also well drawn Sometimes a small detail can speak volumes Joanna's grandfather makes her a jewelry box identical to the one he gave to her mother; Joanna's grandmother looks for new recipes because Joanna wants to be a vegetarian like her mother was Milo in Joanna's own words 'Milo doesn't judge me or withhold information or smother me in sympathy'An emotional and moving book that deals with difficult topics full of well rounded interesting characters and authentic emotions Accidental is a great debut novel and I will definitely be looking forward to reading from this authorThank you to Edelweiss and Bloomsbury for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion

  2. JenacideByBibliophile JenacideByBibliophile says:

    Actual Rating 45 StarsDisclaimer This book was sent to me by the publisher Bloomsbury for an honest reviewOpinionโ€œ๐‘จ๐’๐’ ๐’˜๐’†๐’†๐’Œ ๐’๐’๐’๐’ˆ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘จ๐’Ž๐’†๐’“๐’Š๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐’‡๐’๐’‚๐’ˆ ๐’๐’ ๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’‡๐’“๐’๐’๐’• ๐’๐’‚๐’˜๐’ ๐’‡๐’๐’‚๐’‘๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’ˆ๐’“๐’Š๐’๐’š ๐’Š๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’… ๐‘พ๐’†๐’Š๐’“๐’… ๐’‰๐’๐’˜ ๐‘ฐ ๐’๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’“ ๐’–๐’”๐’†๐’… ๐’•๐’ ๐’๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’„๐’† ๐’Š๐’• ๐’–๐’‘ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’† โ€“ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’‰๐’–๐’ˆ๐’† ๐’…๐’–๐’“๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’๐’† ๐’‚๐’… ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’‘๐’‚๐’•๐’“๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’”๐’Ž๐‘ฐ ๐’˜๐’๐’๐’…๐’†๐’“ ๐’Š๐’‡ ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’ˆ๐’“๐’‚๐’๐’…๐’‘๐’‚๐’“๐’†๐’๐’•๐’” ๐’๐’˜๐’๐’†๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’‡๐’๐’‚๐’ˆ ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’‡๐’๐’“๐’† ๐’๐’“ ๐’‚๐’‡๐’•๐’†๐’“ ๐‘ฐ ๐’”๐’‰๐’๐’• ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’๐’†๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Š๐’“ ๐’…๐’‚๐’–๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’•๐’†๐’“โ€โ€œ๐‘ฉ๐’๐’Š๐’๐’Œ ๐’•๐’˜๐’Š๐’„๐’† ๐’Š๐’‡ ๐’š๐’๐’–โ€™๐’“๐’† ๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’‘๐’‘๐’†๐’… ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’‰๐’๐’”๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’† ๐’”๐’Š๐’•๐’–๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’โ€Johanna has been raised by her grandparents for most of her life due to her father bailing and her mother dying in a car accident when she was almost three But at sixteen Johanna feels like sheโ€™s beginning to forget her mother entirely and it doesnโ€™t help that her grandparents refuse to talk about her But life for Johanna isnโ€™t so bad She has two amazing best friends who are like sisters and the new kid at school seems to have his eye on her But when Jo gets a letter in the mail from her father who is wishing to reconnect her seemingly ordinary life implodes With her fatherโ€™s sudden reappearance in her life comes the truth of her childhood and the real cause of death of her mother Because it wasnโ€™t a car accident that killed Johannaโ€™s motherit was herDeep breath baby angelsItโ€™s a heavy hitterโ€œ๐‘พ๐’๐’“๐’…๐’” ๐’‡๐’๐’š ๐’๐’–๐’• ๐’๐’‡ ๐‘น๐’๐’ƒ๐’†๐’“๐’•โ€™๐’” ๐’Ž๐’๐’–๐’•๐’‰ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’ƒ๐’๐’ƒ ๐’‚๐’“๐’๐’–๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’“๐’๐’๐’Ž ๐’๐’Š๐’Œ๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’‚๐’•๐’” ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’†๐’šโ€™๐’“๐’† ๐’‡๐’‚๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’Š๐’‚๐’“ ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’…๐’” โ€“ ๐’…๐’Š๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’‚๐’“๐’š ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’…๐’” โ€“ ๐’ƒ๐’–๐’• ๐’๐’๐’๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Ž ๐’‡๐’Š๐’• ๐’•๐’๐’ˆ๐’†๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’˜๐’‚๐’š ๐‘ฐ ๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐’–๐’๐’…๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’•๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐‘ฐ๐’•โ€™๐’” ๐’‚ ๐’”๐’•๐’๐’“๐’š ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’•๐’๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’ ๐’Ž๐’† ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’•๐’Ž๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’๐’“ ๐’”๐’๐’Ž๐’† ๐’‘๐’‚๐’“๐’‚๐’๐’๐’†๐’ ๐’–๐’๐’Š๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’—๐’Š๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’”๐’†๐’†๐’Ž๐’” ๐’•๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’๐’‚๐’„๐’Œ๐’†๐’ ๐’Š๐’ ๐’“๐’†๐’”๐’‘๐’๐’๐’”๐’†โ€The gun control topic is a controversial one and with this being a book that centers around gun violence be prepared for moments that may differ from your personal opinions But for those of you who are weary that this will be a โ€œpreachyโ€ YA Contemporary rest assured that both sides to this debate are represented and itโ€™s dealt with in a delicate manner that doesnโ€™t take away from what this story really is โ€“ a coming of age tale about trauma forgiveness growth and self love Accidental is an emotional and surreal story that centers on how common it is for children to come across easily accessible guns in their homes At two and a half while her father was out of town Johanna and her mother were taking a nap when Johanna awakens and begins to wander She finds her fatherโ€™s gun under her parentโ€™s bed and ends up pulling the trigger and shooting her mother in the chest โ€“ killing herBut upon the reader meeting Johanna we learn that she has no idea of what took place when she was a toddler At sixteen Jo is a typical teenager living in Santa Fe and going to a prestigious high school She has two uirky spirited and vivacious best friends and she spends her time sewing her own clothes and slinging sassy comebacks at idiotic guys in her class Sheโ€™s a lively and charismatic character from the start describing the pains of living with her very religious grandparents but also expressing a deep love for them bothBut the ease in Joโ€™s life uickly changes with the reemergence of her estranged father and his confession of Jo and Amandaโ€™s truthโ€œ๐‘ป๐’˜๐’ ๐’„๐’š๐’Ž๐’ƒ๐’‚๐’๐’” ๐’„๐’“๐’‚๐’”๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’๐’ ๐’“๐’†๐’‘๐’†๐’‚๐’• โ€“๐‘ญ๐‘จ๐‘ป๐‘ฏ๐‘ฌ๐‘น๐‘ญ๐‘จ๐‘ป๐‘ฏ๐‘ฌ๐‘น๐‘ญ๐‘จ๐‘ป๐‘ฏ๐‘ฌ๐‘นโ€The reason this story packs such a punch is because the situation could have happened to any of us It was incredibly easy to slide into Joโ€™s shoes and understand the confusion sadness regret hurt horror and anger she felt when the truth of her mother was revealed How devastating it is when something so horrible can become your reality and the hurt that comes with it when you donโ€™t have a support system at home to guide you through itโ€œ๐‘บ๐’ ๐’Š๐’๐’”๐’•๐’†๐’‚๐’… ๐‘ฐ ๐’ˆ๐’ ๐‘พ๐’Š๐’•๐’‰๐’๐’–๐’• ๐’”๐’‚๐’š๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’ˆ๐’๐’๐’…๐’ƒ๐’š๐’† ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰๐’๐’–๐’• ๐’•๐’†๐’๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Ž ๐’˜๐’‰๐’†๐’ ๐‘ฐโ€™๐’๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐’‰๐’๐’Ž๐’† ๐‘ฐ ๐’”๐’Š๐’Ž๐’‘๐’๐’š ๐’”๐’‘๐’Š๐’ ๐’‚๐’“๐’๐’–๐’๐’… ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’”๐’•๐’‚๐’๐’Œ ๐’‚๐’„๐’“๐’๐’”๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’‘๐’‚๐’“๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’๐’๐’• ๐’•๐’๐’˜๐’‚๐’“๐’… ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’„๐’‚๐’“ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’˜๐’‰๐’๐’๐’† ๐’•๐’Š๐’Ž๐’† ๐’•๐’“๐’š๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’๐’๐’• ๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’Œ ๐’•๐’๐’ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’“๐’… ๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’‡๐’‚๐’„๐’• ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐‘ฎ๐’“๐’‚๐’ ๐’”๐’ ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ๐’๐’š ๐’๐’†๐’• ๐’Ž๐’† ๐’ˆ๐’ ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’‡๐’‚๐’„๐’• ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’š๐’ƒ๐’† ๐‘ฐโ€™๐’Ž ๐’๐’๐’• ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’•๐’‰ ๐’‡๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’‚๐’๐’š๐’Ž๐’๐’“๐’†โ€When Jo reveals to her grandparents that she knows the truth about her mother they still refuse to speak about it They brush it under the rug preferring silence and forced indifference And though it is shocking that they lied to her about how her mother diedI donโ€™t blame them for the decision they made in protecting herBut the way they handle Joโ€™s trauma and their own issuffocatingThere are no pictures on the walls or in photo albums of Joโ€™s mother None of her mementos are displayed and she is never brought up or talked about So Jo is left feeling as if she cannot speak about this woman she has so much love for but is starting to forget This woman she so desperately craves was in her life and guiding her through her teenage yearsThis woman who she believes she murderedโ€œ๐‘ฏ๐’† ๐’”๐’„๐’๐’๐’‘๐’” ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’“๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’… ๐’ƒ๐’๐’…๐’š ๐’•๐’๐’˜๐’‚๐’“๐’… ๐’‰๐’Š๐’Ž ๐’•๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’• ๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’ ๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’„๐’‰๐’†๐’”๐’• ๐‘บ๐’ ๐’„๐’๐’๐’”๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐‘ฐ ๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐’‰๐’†๐’‚๐’“ ๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’‰๐’†๐’‚๐’“ ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’†๐’‚๐’„๐’‰ ๐’ƒ๐’– ๐’ƒ๐’–๐’Ž ๐’ƒ๐’– ๐’ƒ๐’–๐’Ž ๐’ƒ๐’– ๐’ƒ๐’–๐’Ž ๐’•๐’–๐’“๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’ˆ๐’–๐’๐’”๐’‰๐’๐’• ๐‘ถ๐’๐’† ๐’‚๐’‡๐’•๐’†๐’“ ๐’‚๐’๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐‘ฉ๐’‚๐’๐’ˆ๐‘ฉ๐’‚๐’๐’ˆ๐‘ฉ๐’‚๐’๐’ˆโ€Thankfully Jo has two epic best friends that I wish upon all wishes and stars that I could have in my lifeโ€œ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’…๐’๐’๐’“ ๐’„๐’๐’Š๐’„๐’Œ๐’” ๐’”๐’‰๐’–๐’• ๐‘ป๐’˜๐’ ๐’ˆ๐’†๐’๐’•๐’๐’† ๐’”๐’†๐’•๐’” ๐’๐’‡ ๐’‡๐’†๐’†๐’• ๐’•๐’Š๐’‘๐’•๐’๐’† ๐’‚๐’„๐’“๐’๐’”๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’“๐’๐’๐’Ž ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’ˆ๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’๐’…๐’š ๐’Ž๐’Š๐’”๐’• ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐‘ซ๐’‚๐’Š๐’”๐’š ๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’‡๐’–๐’Ž๐’† ๐’˜๐’‚๐’‡๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’Š๐’ ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Ž ๐‘ณ๐’†๐’‚๐’‰ ๐’„๐’–๐’“๐’๐’” ๐’–๐’‘ ๐’๐’ ๐’๐’๐’† ๐’”๐’Š๐’…๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’Ž๐’† ๐‘ฎ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐‘บ๐’˜๐’†๐’‚๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’” ๐’˜๐’‚๐’“๐’Ž ๐’”๐’Œ๐’Š๐’ ๐’„๐’๐’๐’… ๐‘ด๐’š ๐’•๐’“๐’–๐’”๐’•๐’š ๐‘น๐’๐’•๐’•๐’˜๐’†๐’Š๐’๐’†๐’“๐’” ๐’…๐’๐’โ€™๐’• ๐’”๐’‚๐’š ๐’‚๐’๐’š๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆโ€These girls are the rocks that keep Jo from slipping down a river of depression and deep self loathing They are fiercely loyal and understanding go out of their way to ensure that their friend is cared for and heard and refuse to leave her side Their love for one another had me hardcore tearing up and cooing throughout the story These two girls make this storyโ€œ๐‘ฐ ๐’”๐’’๐’–๐’†๐’†๐’›๐’† ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’†๐’š๐’†๐’” ๐’”๐’‰๐’–๐’• ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’ ๐’๐’‘๐’†๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Ž ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’‚ ๐’”๐’‰๐’‚๐’“๐’‘ ๐’Š๐’๐’‰๐’‚๐’๐’† ๐’๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’„๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‚ ๐’ˆ๐’–๐’ ๐’”๐’‰๐’‚๐’‘๐’†๐’… ๐’„๐’“๐’‚๐’„๐’Œ ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’๐’—๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’„๐’๐’๐’”๐’†๐’• ๐’…๐’๐’๐’“ ๐‘ฌ๐’—๐’†๐’ ๐‘ด๐’Š๐’๐’โ€™๐’” ๐’„๐’†๐’Š๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’Œ๐’๐’๐’˜๐’” ๐’˜๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐‘ฐโ€™๐’—๐’† ๐’…๐’๐’๐’†โ€โ€œ๐‘ด๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’‡๐’“๐’๐’Ž ๐’‰๐’Š๐’”๐’•๐’๐’“๐’šโ€Another big character in this story is Milo โ€“ the new boy in school and Joโ€™s new boyfriend Their romance is sweet and their chemistry is sizzling but importantly Milo is another person in Joโ€™s life that she can lean on for support Though he doesnโ€™t have as big a role as Leah and Gabby and his personality doesnโ€™t shine through as much as the girls his own troubles with his father gives a level of understanding to Milo and Jo that canโ€™t be emulated And no matter how dark Joโ€™s life gets Milo is always there to help her see the lightโ€œ๐‘ฐ๐’• ๐’˜๐’‚๐’” ๐’‡๐’–๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’–๐’• ๐‘ฐโ€™๐’Ž ๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’… ๐’๐’‡ ๐’…๐’‚๐’Ž๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’†๐’… ๐’ˆ๐’๐’๐’…๐’”โ€โ€œ๐‘ต๐’๐’• ๐’…๐’‚๐’Ž๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’†๐’…โ€ ๐’‰๐’† ๐’˜๐’‰๐’Š๐’”๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’” โ€œ๐‘ฑ๐’–๐’”๐’• ๐’ˆ๐’๐’๐’…โ€For the first half of this book the reader watches Jo slowly spiral into anger and a sort of manic state as she tries to cope with her past And at sixteen itโ€™s not exactly easy to have control over your emotions But the person Jo turns into in the second half of the book was irritating She was aggressive and constantly throwing tantrums stomping her foot and having explosive reactions to the littlest things Of course this does feel authentic to a young teenager going through some serious trauma โ€“ but it was still exhausting and a turn offAnd how Johanna works towards getting a mural painted at her school to shed light on gun violence was alsocringey By this point Jo is full blown immature and slightly ridiculous so it was a bit harder to get through And though this was a gut flipping story I was really wanting emotion from Jo because I didnโ€™t feel like I got a true sense of the chaos that was brewing inside her She had huge reactions and panic attacks but I wanted description into how hurt and lost she felt insideBut the real driving force in this story is obviously gun safety but also self acceptance and the need to work through traumaWhen Joโ€™s father renters her life he brings a few secrets with him that he slowly reveals along the way and theyโ€™re tragic It broke my heart how Jo was constantly let down by these really big parental figures in her life But imagine it Not only are you the cause for your mother dying but you are also the spitting image of a daughter and lover that has been lost Nothing about this situation is easier or less horrible for anyone involved Accidental is a powerful and heartbreaking story but a necessary oneNo matter what stance you take on this topic trust me when I say you need to read thisโ€œ๐‘ฐ ๐’๐’๐’—๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’Œ๐’Š๐’…๐’…๐’ ๐‘ฉ๐’š๐’†โ€โ€œ๐‘ฐ ๐’๐’๐’—๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’Œ๐’Š๐’…๐’…๐’โ€โ€œ๐‘ฐ ๐’๐’๐’—๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’–โ€

  3. Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts! Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts! says:

    I'm giving away a copy of this book HERE and its OPEN INTERNATIONALLYtrigger warning gun violence Not any though Hell no This is about me It is my story Because of my past I will make sure my future is different Accidental is such a refreshing read a book that I can confidently say we don't encounter much Don't you just admire authors that are brave enough to weave a story that includes heavy and tough subjects about todays society? I personally think we should stop shying away from books that are considered politicalIn Accidental Johanna our main character is dealing with a secret that her absentee father brought with him when he showed up after missing from her life for so many years We get to see why the huge secret was kept hidden in the first place how it affected Johannas relationships and most importantly we get to witness how Johanna will handle all of it I really didn't like our main character at first and it took a chapter or two before I warmed up to her Johanna is authentic with a real voice of a teen who got her life turned upside down You can really feel how betrayed she was as it was written in a very effective way by the author Johanna as a person isn't perfect she's angsty she can be self involved and mean to her friends and even to her own family but what's great about Johanna is that Richards took us with her on her journey to ย emotionally maturity She became self aware and owned up to her mistakes and everything was penned in a very realistic and interesting way and side note I REALLY LOVE ALL THE STAR WARS reference l really commend how the relationships are written especially the one with Johanna and her grandparents It was moving and one of the main drives of this storyย I really enjoyed the plot and the pacing of Accidental which makes it difficult to put down I was fooled by the first two to three chapters thinking it will just be another YA realistic fiction but I was so wrong Every chapter is striking and written in a gorgeous way which makes it very readable The story is executed in a very brave and yet delicate manner And what I really find great is how everyone got their character development and that everyones underlying subplot was addressed Each subplots has a purpose as well that makes the story as a whole There was a light touch of romance that I really like I fell for our love interest Milo He's an amazing and realistic teenage boy The romance isn't that heavy but necessary as it showed how Johanna managed to use this relationship for her betterment Truly admiringIf you think Accidental is just another YA Realistic Fiction think again Accidental has something new to offer at the YA table and it's something that every readers should read at least once Accidental is brave and necessary a story with a punch

  4. BookNightOwl BookNightOwl says:

    Thank you Netgalley and Bloomsbury USA Childrens Book for providing an ARC of Accidental in exchange for an honest review Accidental by Alex Richard's is about Johanna who has grown up living with her grandparents because her mother died in a car accident when she was young Johanna father has decided not to be in her life until now day he gets in contact with her and breaks some devastating news she did not see coming Accidental deals with issues such as father daughter issues school issues and friend issues

  5. PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps says:

    Every once in a while a few times a year if you read as many books as me a book comes along that takes my breath away Book lovers know what Iโ€™m talking about Some stories grab you by the heart and pull you inside the words as if youโ€™re feeling the emotions of the narratorACCIDENTAL was one of my most anticipated books of 2020 and it surpassed my hopeful expectationsIโ€™ve made no secret that I hate guns and have since I was a kid My high school had a gun club and my classmates stored their firearms in their lockers because Iโ€™m pre school shooting old If I had my choice guns would be banned is how much I hate guns Whenever I hear stories of little kids finding their parents guns and shooting I want those parents charged as murderers I was predisposed to hating Joโ€™s father Robert whose gun she used to accidentally kill her mother at age two and a half Instead I saw his humanity The grave mistake made out of failure to imagine conseuences was only part of who he was not all of himJo carried the burden of her motherโ€™s death her the weight of grandparentsโ€™ lies of omission and the challenge of learning the truth from a father who stayed away I felt that heaviness and wished I could take it away from her Her best friends were messy and complex wonderful and at times infuriating Jo wasnโ€™t perfect or the perfect victim She could be demanding unforgiving hotheaded and not always the best girlfriendAlex Richards hardly writes like ACCIDENTAL is her first published novel All the major and minor characters had the dimensions and complexities of real people from the annoying class president to the privileged bully to her friendโ€™s mom to the younger kid who lived down the street Milo the boyfriend added a light romance and additional avenue of support and reality checking for JoI wish ACCIDENTAL had an epilogue to let readers have a glimpse into Joโ€™s future relationshipsACCIDENTAL is a must read for contemporary young adult fiction loversETA the narration in the audiobook was stellar

  6. Amy Amy says:

    Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me with a DRC of this title for review All opinions are my ownActual rating rounded up to a 35OK this had the premise to be an amazing and gut wrenching read most of my recent reads have fallen into the category of I'm for sure going to be crying at the end and I don't even feel bad about it types of stories and this was along the same vein Johanna is a junior at a small private school trying to figure out getting into Parsons School of Design how to live with her slightly conservative and overprotective grandparents and if the new kid Milo could possibly be as amazing as he seems Sure she misses the mother she's never really known a woman who died in a car accident when she was young and her father is absentee to the max but she's doing OK Until her father contacts her via letter and lays a huge bombshell on her her mother died from a gunshot wound one that Johanna caused As a toddler she found a loaded gun in the house and shot her mother Her mother's parents have had custody of her ever since They lied to her about the car accident hoping it would make it easier But now Johanna knows the truth and soon everyone else does too Kids at school are unsure how to act around her and her normal alt rock persona and heavy makeup now take on a threatening tone Teachers ask to search her bags Her personal photos become viral trash She is bullied and berated and alone As her friendships start to suffer and the guilt is overwhelming her she tries to find some way to make meaning out of this event A way to atone and ask her mother for forgiveness All of this is great in the story Moving heart wrenching impeccably nuanced The downfall? The overly political tone that the author takes towards the second half of the book Instead of letting the story show the points Richards wanted to make the author was far too overt and heavy handed in my opinionOverall this is a strong second purchase for large library collections serving young adult readers who enjoy realistic fictioncontemporary dramas Due to language and sexual content I would recommend this for grades 9 and up

  7. The Clever Reader The Clever Reader says:

    Johanna has a pretty good life living with her grandparents hanging out with her best friends and now she even has a boyfriend Until one day when her father shows up turns her world upside downWhen Johanna finds out her mother didnโ€™t die in a car accident but that she accidentally shot her with an unsecured firearm she is left reeling How could her grandparents lie to her?Will she ever be able to forgive herself for what she did? This book will take you on a journey through the emotions Johanna feels as she tries to come to terms with what happened It doesnโ€™t help when everyone at school finds out when she wants to put up a mural to bring to light the importance of gun control she finds sheโ€™ll have to defend her motives behind itThis heart wrenching YA Contemporary is well written elicits emotions that are relevant in the world we live in todayI would definitely recommend it

  8. Liz Lawson Liz Lawson says:

    One of my most anticipated debuts of the year Johanna is a fantastic protagonist and I was drawn into her world from page 1 Accidental is an important necessary story told with humor and a spot on voiceRichards tackles issues of gun violence with a deft hand weaving an important message into a heartbreaking powerful story about loss and hope

  9. Stacy Fetters Stacy Fetters says:

    โ€An uncluttered mind is a peaceful mind Youโ€™ll hurt yourself keeping it all pent upThe statistics for gun violence is staggering Over 25000 people this year alone have died from gun violence The scary part is that the number doesnโ€™t include people injured by a gunshot and the year isnโ€™t over uite yet Itโ€™s heartbreaking that this is the world weโ€™re living in Imagine hearing a devastating story about your Moms death and then finding out it was all a lie Come to find out you had some part in it but you were a toddler How would you feel? And how do you think it would affect your life? These are the uestions and cold facts that Johanna has to face once she learns the truth Johanna always believed that her Mom was killed in a tragic car crash Ever since she was three sheโ€™s lived with her Grandparents not knowing where her biological Dad was So far her life has been decent She gets good grades has the best friends and comes home to such love and warmth Everything changes when she receives a mysterious letter from someone claiming to be her DadShe keeps the letter secret and decides not to tell her Grandparents What they donโ€™t know wonโ€™t hurt them They meet up and her Dad drops a bombshell on her That her Mom didnโ€™t die from a car accident but by Johannas very own hands Her Mom was asleep and Johanna found an unlocked and loaded gun It went off killing her Mom She is devastated and doesnโ€™t believe this story Until she asks her Grandparents What she thought was her Dad making an ass of himself and upsetting her it was all facts Now Johanna doesnโ€™t uite know how to live with this news It throws a wrench into her life Her Grandparents lies to her for all of her life and the only one honest with her is someone who hasnโ€™t been in her life for thirteen years Her world turns upside down Will Johanna be able to grow and learn from the news? Or will she let herself fall into the black hole of despair?This was a super emotional and powerful read Johanna is such a strong and beautiful character It was fascinating to read her story and watch her grow from page to page No one could stop her She was level headed and strong willed and no one was going to get in her way Johanna has the best support system Her friends and boyfriend were such caring souls but what stood out the most was her Grandparents Yes they kept that awful secret from her but they let her figure out her life without demanding how she should go about it They let her learn and breathe as an independent woman It was beautiful Accidental was a great book It deals with a subject that should be talked about and the earlier you discuss it the better This is definitely a step in the right direction This is geared towards teens but I think adults should read this important book too It was powerful and I loved every second of it

  10. Samantha (WLABB) Samantha (WLABB) says:

    They said it was an accident that killed her mother a car accident but after 13 years Johanna learns the truth Though she doesn't remember it she was responsible for her mother's death Reeling from this bombshell she must work through her emotions regarding her role in her mother's death the lies her grandparents told her and the return of the father she never knew When I first read the synopsis for this book I thought about how tragic the situation was and then tried to imagine what it would feel like to learn that I was responsible for the death of another person I found I couldn't fathom the depth of the pain the guilt and the self hatred and with that I must commend Richards for capturing these emotions so well When Johanna ached I ached When she cried I cried But as always I appreciate that the author tempered this pain with some of the most average teen joys Look I like romance and will forever welcome it I was uite pleased with the bit of romance in this story Not just because it gave me a bit of a break from the rather weighty issues but because I needed Johanna to have someone on her side to prop her up She did have her two best friends and it was beautiful the way many people reached out to her in a show of support but I think him being new to her world and also dealing with daddy issues brought her a perspective she needed I also appreciated the way the author handled the central issue of gun violence Her focus was on gun safety and accidental deaths So this was not a commentary on the second amendment or gun owners but about being responsible and highlighting the freuency of deaths like this She allowed characters on both sides of the the gun issue to volley a bit but the spotlight was always on safety The theme of forgiveness permeated the story as well Johanna had to dig deep and find a way to forgive so many people in her life Her father abandoned her and only came looking for her many many years later Her grandparents lied to her and though it may have been to protect her it was still a major deception from those she trusted And then she was left with herself How do you make peace with the fact that you essentially killed your own mother? The struggle came across as very difficult but honest This was uite an emotional journey and I thought Richards did a wonderful job taking me on it ARC provided in exchange for an honest review BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

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Accidental ❰Read❯ ➵ Accidental Author Alex Richards – This timely emotionally resonant story about a teen girl dealing with the aftermath of a tragic shooting is a must read from an exciting new YA talentJohanna has had than enough trauma in her life She This timely emotionally resonant story about a teen girl dealing with the aftermath of a tragic shooting is a must read from an exciting new YA talentJohanna has had than enough trauma in her life She lost her mom in a car accident and her father went AWOL when Johanna was just a baby At sixteen life is steady boring maybe even stifling since she's being raised by her grandparents who never talk about their daughter her mother MandyThen he comes back Robert Newsome Johanna's father bringing memories and pictures of Mandy But that's not all he shares A tragic car accident didn't kill Mandy it was Johanna who at two years old Accidentally shot her own mother with an unsecured gunNow Johanna has to sort through it all the return of her absentee father her grandparents' lies her part in her mother's death But no one neither her loyal best friends nor her sweet new boyfriend can help her forgive them Most of all can she ever find a way to forgive herselfIn a searing ultimately uplifting story debut author Alex Richards tackles a different side of the important issue that has galvanized teens across our country.

  • Hardcover
  • 368 pages
  • Accidental
  • Alex Richards
  • English
  • 04 September 2014
  • 9781547603589

About the Author: Alex Richards

Alex Richards has been writing young adult fiction since the age of ten with stacks of spiral notebooks to prove it Also a freelance magazine contributor Alex enjoys making no budget horror movies taking photographs and crafting Raised in Santa Fe New Mexico Alex lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two very silly kids.