Amanda Noble #zoolife, by Lesa Boutin- Review

Goodreads synopsis:

Amanda’s life is a zoo. For real. Her family owns the Noble’s Ark Zoo, and it’s equipped her with a particular set of skills. She can worm goats, bottle-feed a sick chinchilla, and wrangle a wayward snake with her eyes closed. But when her father becomes a local TV celebrity where he’s pecked, clawed, and pooped on for Central Florida’s viewing pleasure, she’s not sure how to cope with it. Change her name? Move to another city? Then there’s Kyler. He’s her best friend—the guy who taught her to belch the alphabet kind of friend. And friends don’t date friends. Right? 

When the family is in danger of losing the zoo, it may take more than a working knowledge of gator wrestling and avoiding the business end of a skunk for Amanda to handle a second-string mobster, find a missing body, and convince Kyler they’re meant to be together. All this without suffering an epic social media fail. #zoolife.

My thoughts:

This book started off slowly. After getting through more than 80 pages of seemingly pointless dialogue and introductions, I was very close to giving up and DNFing this novel.    It wasn’t until after the 100 page mark that things actually started to happen and I begun to enjoy the story. Unfortunately, however,  I can’t say that the novel got drastically better after this point, the plot remained predictable, the main characters distant and the narration boring. While I found certain aspects of the storyline amusing and partially relatable, there was non of that laugh-out-loud humour that I had been expecting.

One aspect of the story that disappointed me were the characters. I just couldn’t make myself like Amanda; her character was neither unique nor relatable and the minimal development she experienced throughout the novel simply didn’t interest me. The other main character, Kyler, was sweet enough without being overly impressive.

While I personally wasn’t a massive fan of this novel, I can imagine other people, especially younger readers, enjoying the book. I wouldn’t be quick to recommend it but then again, maybe the book just wasn’t for me. My rating? 2 stars ⭐️.

I received Amanda Noble #zoolife from Netgalley in return for an honest review. This novel was released on 23rd October 2017. 


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