Author: Tim Wynne-Jones
Publisher: Candlewick Press
“This boy. He is ten months younger than she is, but he seems so much younger sometimes.” -Blink & Caution pg. 291
My thoughts exactly. Blink & Caution, the story of two wayward teenagers on the streets of Toronto is an interesting one, until you meet the characters. Blink, aka Brent is supposedly a fifteen year old boy who has escaped a violent home life and turned to the streets. There, he finds himself stealing his breakfasts from hotel carts, following kids to school and taking their shoes out of their lockers, and using payphones occasionally when not being bothered by the local drunks. Caution, aka Kitty or Katherine, is a soon to be seventeen year old runaway from the burbs who has a much more interesting past. After having accidentally shot and killed her brother with a rifle in the woods, she can’t bear to live her simple rural life any longer. She turns to a group of drug dealers who she meets in Toronto, but after a while turns from that as well. The two meet under the strangest of circumstances, and by part two of the book are off to save the day.
Disregarding the cheesiest story line I have subjected myself to in a while, Blink & Caution has a wealth of other literary problems. The story, which is told in alternating points of view is confusing at times. Blink’s narration is often shallow, and refers to “you ” (the reader) as himself. Caution on the other hand seems to be all-knowing in her chapter narrations, which frequently refer to herself in the third person, as in the above quotation, though not always. The characters are lost and confused throughout most of the book, which is not surprising coming from the teenage viewpoint. What is surprising is the lack of consistency the characters seem to have. Part one of the book is simply loaded with profanity, sexuality, and references to suicide, drugs, and alcohol. Part two, after the two have met seems to disregard their pasts, even going as far to say “he swore” rather than just quoting the profanity as in part one. Perhaps Wynne-Jones hit his profanity quota in the beginning of the book.
Unfortunately, overall this book is muddled in its storytelling techniques and character development, cheesy as all get-up, and not worth reading. The language and adult situations prevent me from recommending this book to anyone under 14, but the storyline is much too bland and unrealistic for anyone over 14.
if you must read it, focus on the intricacies of the fake news stories. These were pretty well-developed and interesting, and served the cause of spreading green earth initiatives.
Posted by: Janine Reads