'89 Wallsby Katie Pierson
College is not in the cards for Seth. He spends his minimum wage on groceries and fakes happiness to distract his mom from the MS they both know will kill her. It's agony to carry around a frayed love note for a girl who's both out of his league and beneath his dignity. Quinn's finishing high school on top. But that cynical, liberal guy in her social studies class
College is not in the cards for Seth. He spends his minimum wage on groceries and fakes happiness to distract his mom from the MS they both know will kill her. It's agony to carry around a frayed love note for a girl who's both out of his league and beneath his dignity. Quinn's finishing high school on top. But that cynical, liberal guy in her social studies class makes her doubt her old assumptions. Challenging the rules now, though, would a) squander her last summer at home, b) antagonize her conservative dad, and c) make her a hypocrite. Seth and Quinn's passionate new romance takes them both by surprise. They keep it a secret; it's too early to make plans and too late not to care. But it's 1989. As politics suddenly get personal, they find themselves fighting bare fisted for their beliefs and each otherin the clear light of day.
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I want to thank the author for sending me a copy of this book to read and review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review. I am a child of the 80s. I was in HS in the 80s. So when I read the blurb of this book, with kids who were in HS in the 80s, I knew I had to give it a try! Quinn and Seth, frenemies. Well, sort of. More like rivals. But for a long time Seth has loved Quinn. Yet she's been out of his league. At least he thinks she has until one day he decides to let her know exactly how he feels. And from there we watch a new friendship grow. I liked that the romance in this was a slow burn. Even though Seth has had a thing for Quinn for a while, she doesn't fall completely and madly in love with him overnight. As she learns about who he is and what he believes, she sees they are more aligned then she ever thought. Seth is fighting demons, though. Stuck in a life where he's forced to take care of his sick mother, he doesn't see himself going to college as he surely should. Whereas Quinn has her life laid out for her. She's smart and ambitious and ready to go. I have never been much into politics, but as I watched the debates happen in this book during Quinn and Seth's social studies class, I realize I knew more and was more involved than I ever thought! It was easy for me to connect with the characters on this level, which I never thought possible. This book is very politically driven. I think because I grew up during this time, it was easy for me to understand it and see what was happening. I'm not so sure others who don't understand the background would. I can't necessarily see kids who are teens in this day and age understanding the politics that ruled during the 1980s and would honestly think it might be hard for them to connect with that area of this book. But those same teens would certainly connect with the characters, who have real life struggles with which they must live. Seth supports Quinn during a very hard time in her life and I found this to be sweet. It definitely endeared him to me more. And Quinn certainly supports Seth when tragedy strikes. For me the ending of this book fell a bit flat. It just kind of ended with no wrap up. And it was a little to neat for me. Just as the relationship is starting the characters are separated, but they seem just fine with it (no tears, no one is upset, etc). For me this is unrealistic. I would have liked to see more of an ending with the characters perhaps making promises to each other or striving for a common goal. Overall I liked the story. The writing was easy and flowed well. I would certainly pick up another book by this author to see where it leads.
Given To Me For An Honest Review 89 Walls by Katie Pierson is her debut novel and it is fantastic! It is a great coming of age story about Quinn and Seth. They both live different lives yet they find that life is the sum of all of their choices. This is a great book. It would make a great gift for anyone. It would also make a great addition on your bookshelf. I gave it 5 stars but wish I could give it more. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Katie Pierson did a fantastic job with this book and I look for more from her. Can't wait for the next book.
'89 walls is a teen love story with politics surrounding them. A quarter of a decade away, where so much has changed in the span of 365 days politically and culturally, is where this tale takes place in 1989. I enjoy learning about history and there is a lot of it in this book that you barely notice you are learning. There was a lot of politics which most of the time I found irrelevant and boring to the YA romance I believed to be reading. I honestly don't care much about about politics- I don't know the main difference between republican and democrat. While it was set 26 years ago, it is still very similar to the life we have now. The problems Seth and Quinn face are very relatable problems to the ones we have now. Abortion, religion, powerful illnesses, high school, parents and politics. The plot was very fast moving. I enjoyed reading about Seth and Quinn, found them to be lovely characters but I didn't really like Trish. Secondary characters were just as three dimensional as the primary ones. Katie Pierson had some really good writing. I saw it all, loved it all. There were the references and description that were beyond great. There is alot of foretelling. And by the ending of the book it feels rounded off, but only by Quinn. I would have loved to hear how Seth worked things out after such events. I liked the book and would recommend it to any teen who is into politics. Politics is not my cup of tea, but the definitions at the back of the book were helpful :) I'd like to thank Netgalley and Wise Ink for giving me an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review.
This book interested me right away, because hey--I was a high school senior in 1989. Would the author be able to take me back to that time, and still make it relatable to today's high schoolers? I had to find out. Clearly, I was destined to read this one. The answer to both of my questions turns out to be yes. Though I wasn't nearly as politically involved/aware as Seth and Quinn while in high school, I do remember most of the major events mentioned in the book. (Though somehow the fact that the Berlin Wall actually came down in '89 surprised me. I do remember it coming down, just not that it happened that year--I'm going to plead to being distracted by my first semester of freshman year here.) For people who weren't around in the late 1980s, or who didn't pay attention in their 20th-century history classes (though the fact that events from my childhood happened long enough ago to be taught in history classes boggles my mind. Denial. It's not just a river in Egypt), Ms. Pierson gives both a glossary of terms and a 1989 timeline at the end of the book. I especially loved the timeline...so many things on it had me nodding my head, saying, "Yep! I saw that on TV," or "Yeah, that happened." I totally remember the major controversy around Madonna's "Like a Prayer", for example, when Pepsi dropped her in less time than it took to hairspray my bangs into submission. But back to the story... I loved Seth and Quinn. Quinn was a bit harder to like at first--I've always had a soft spot for the quiet, geeky guys who aren't afraid to do well in school and who love their moms--but she definitely became a more sympathetic character as the book continued. I could really identify with her relationship with her dad, and of course she fell for my boy Seth, so she was all good in my book. The story had a lot going on in it. Most of the major political/world issues of the day were discussed in Seth and Quinn's U.S. Foreign Relations class and at Quinn's home. Seth's mother has a pretty severe case of Multiple Sclerosis, and he has to juggle school, work, and being her primary caretaker. He's turning 18 and graduating, which means their Social Security checks will be coming to an end soon, so he doesn't think college is in the cards for him even though he scored in the top 5% on the ACTs. Quinn's going away to college in the fall and has had a fairly privileged upbringing. He's a liberal Democrat with the t-shirt collection to back it up; she tends toward conservative Republicanism like her dad. On paper it doesn't seem like they could work. Even the two of them have their doubts. But somehow when they're together those doubts seem to disappear... There were some things that I would have liked more time and attention spent on--the epilogue, for example, was really short. I was expecting a response from Seth (the epilogue is a letter from Quinn to him) but instead the book just ended there. Quinn, Seth, and Quinn's mom make a trip to Omaha at about the 50% mark, and what happens there is something pretty major. It felt like it should have had more of a lasting impact, especially on Quinn, than it seemed to. (And when Quinn's best friend Trish mentions having made a similar trip? That whole conversation was way too short and quickly forgotten. I'd almost rather it had not been there at all...) Overall, though, I was so charmed by Seth and Quinn's relationship and the trip down memory lane the book took me on that it was easier to overlook its few shortcomings. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more from this author. Rating: 4 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.