Friday, July 2, 2010

The Lighter Side of Life and Death by C.K. Kelly Martin

Book review #51
The Lighter Side of Life and Death by C.K. Kelley Martin
Rating: Four stars

Summary: (taken from Goodreads)
Sixteen-year-old Mason Rice is having the night of his life. He's just delivered an incredible performance in the school play, basked in celebratory afterglow vibes at the party of the year, and lost his virginity to one of his best friends—the gorgeous but previously unobtainable Kat Medina. His dreams are coming true, and the future looks golden. 

Unfortunately, Kat sees things very differently. Crossing the friendship line was a big mistake, and all she wants is to forget it and move on, even if that means forgetting Mason altogether. What's a guy to do? Well, if you're Mason, you hang your hopes on the first attractive twenty-three-year-old you cross paths with. At first Mason wonders if he's imagining the chemistry . . . until Colette invites him over to her apartment. Suddenly Mason's living in a whole new world.

Picking this one up, I expected an average read about a teenager romance with an older woman. And that's basically what I got, but so much more. I can't pinpoint exactly what it was that really made this one different. Maybe it was the honest, raw plot or how scary real the characters were.

Mason is having an OK life at the moment. His highs include his two best friends, Kat and Jamie and starring in the school play. On the side he has to deal with his dad re-marrying, adding three more people to the household. But after the day Mason loses his virginity to Kat, everything changes. Kat can't look at him the same way anymore and things have changed with Jaime too. The day 23 year old Collete steps into his life, his life changes yet again. Say hello to the brand new Mason...

Mason really made the book. C.K. Kelley Martin did an amazing job in really getting into an average teenage guy's head. It's always nice to read about a male's point of view. Mason is an easy-going, likable guy, but deep down he has those insecurities that sometimes aren't shown in the typical YA novel. Kat and Jamie were good best friends, but kind of confusing at times. Aside from them, I loved the whole cast of characters from t Mason's stepbrother to Y & X from the school play. Each one added a certain spice to the book. And then of course there's Collette. She was going through a hard point in her life when she meet Mason. It was hard to figure out what exactly she wanted. Although I can say that their relationship was very sincere and a definite highlight of the book.

The Lighter Side of Life and Death definitely exceeded my exceptions. It wasn't even that exciting, but I found myself having a hard time to put it down. The ending was just wonderful, it left me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. I do have to warn younger readers that there were some mature content in it. Overall, a light, realistic, and not so average book is exactly what your going to get. C.K. Kelley Martin is a very talented author, that I'll definitely have to look out for. Go ahead and give this one a try :)

9 comments:

Linna (21 ♡ pages) said...

I haven't read anything from a guy's POV in ages. I'll definitely give this a try-- and I'm liking how it has a good ending! Love good endings.

Faye said...

I got this one 4 review! It sounds interesting. I really have 2 check in with this author :D

Blueicegal ♥ said...

wonderful review girl same here i haven't read a book in a guys Pov for a while either guess i should work on that :)

Mrs. DeRaps said...

Nice. I recently was sent this book for review. I'm glad that I won't be able to put it down. Thanks for your encouraging review.

Amelia Robinson said...

Interesting!! I must admit I probably won't this but it's not because of your review. Your review made me feel like I write like a five-year-old. XD Great style.

Looks like a great book though. :)

-Amelia

(PS - The orange makes it difficult to read for more than a few minutes...just so you know. Great color, tough on the eyes. XD)

Emidy said...

Ooh, sounds like a great one! At first I assumed it was a light, typical teen novel, but it sounds deeper than that. Lovely review, Sara!

Dwayne said...

This book is quite out of my comfort zone but I will try it when I have the time. Glad it exceeded your expectations, though! It's Over by CK Martin you might wanna try, that's on my TBR :) Thanks for the review!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I love when a book exceeds my expectations. Great review.

Michelle said...

I too love reading through a male perspective. I really must read this book. C.K. Kelly Martin is great.