I do love Eoin Macken's writer's voice. He has lovely turns of phrase and a thoughtful way of seeing things that verges on the poetic at times. Which shouldn't suprise me, he does write poetry.
I loved Eoin' s first book, Kingdom of Scars, and was looking forward to reading this, his next offering. Now these books are not in genres that I often, if ever, read. Gonna be honest, I read the first one because I love Eoin on TV and was curious. I was very pleasantly surprised to discover that the man could write! And write well!
So, Hunter and the Grape. I didn't love it as much as I loved Kingdom of Scars, I will admit. This time, the hero is a little older - he's eighteen and his life just totally sucks. He leaves home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, meets up with a girl and the adventure begins. This book would make a terrific movie. I found it reminiscent of My Own Private Idaho, Heathers, Beautiful Thing and What's Eating Gilbert Grape.
Reading this book made me wish I was 16 again. Not because I want to live my life over or anything, but because then I could enjoy this book totally and fall in love with Cat/Hunter, the main character and wish I was Grape. They're so screwed up, but not. They get into so much trouble and then get out of it. They can make $87 stretch FOREVER.
It's a beautifully written book. I love Eoin's words. This is YA literature, in my humble opinion. :)