The Accident Season: A Review

“So let’s raise our glass to the accident season,

To the river beneath us where we sink our souls,

To the bruises and secrets, to the ghosts in the ceiling,

One more drink for the watery road.”

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-DoyleCara is afraid she has no secrets. She is afraid that she isn’t witchy and interesting like her best friend Bea. She is afraid that she’ll never be as in control as her older sister Alice. She is afraid to think too hard about her ex-stepbrother, Sam. Most all of, she is afraid that this accident season is going to be a bad one.

Cara is afraid of her secrets. Every October, Cara’s family falls victim to a slew of accidents. It’s an open secret among their friends and neighbors who ignore the scrapes and bruises or try to find reasonable explanations for the broken bones and deeper hurts.

Cara is afraid of everybody else’s secrets. Everyone in Cara’s family is good at keeping secrets from friends, from each other. They’re good at pretending that the cuts don’t hurt, that the bruises don’t show.

But every accident leaves a mark; every season creates new secrets, new things no one wants to talk about. This season Cara will start to learn why in The Accident Season (2015) by Moïra Fowley-Doyle.

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The Accident Season is Fowley-Doyle’s debut novel.

The real power and strength of The Accident Season is in its ambiguity. This is a story about secrets and the lies we tell others (and even ourselves) to keep them. This is a story that explores exactly what it means when there are no easy answers.

The Accident Season is nuanced, optimistic and just a little bit unsettling. In a story filled with secrets and things not said, Cara’s first person narration is taut and keeps up the tension as she and her friends try to learn more about the accident season and their mysterious classmate Elsie.

The Accident Season is an atmospheric and distinctive novel where nothing is exactly what readers first expect. Part ghost story and part mystery, The Accident Season is an aching story about love and loss with elements of sweet romance and sparks of magic. This meditative story about family and the many ways old wounds can heal proves that Fowley-Doyle is an author to watch. The perfect blend of eerie and whimsical. Highly recommended.

Possible Pairings: The Leaving by Tara Altebrando, The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough, Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo, The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke, Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert, Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis, The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee, The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu, Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, When We Collided by Emery Lord, In Real Life by Jessica Love, Sender Unknown by Sallie Lowenstein, Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta, The Weight of Feathers by Anne-Marie McLemore, The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy, It Wasn’t Always Like This by Joy Preble, How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, Bone Gap by Laura Ruby, Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick, I Woke Up Dead at the Mall by Judy Sheehan, Never Never by Brianna Shrum, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

*A copy this book was acquired from the publisher for review consideration at BEA 2015*

September 2015 Reading Tracker

You can also see what I read and received in August.

Books Read:

  1. The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
  2. Blood Red Road by Moira Young
  3. Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith
  4. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  5. Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan
  6. The Girl Who Could Not Dream by Sarah Beth Durst
  7. The Secret of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
  8. Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
  9. Updraft by Fran Wilde
  10. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Books On Deck:

  1. The Truth Commission by Susan Juby
  2. Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
  3. Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt
  4. City Love by Susane Colasanti
  5. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  6. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  7. Losers Take All By David Klass
  8. Last Night at the Circle Cinema by Emily Franklin

Books Bought:

  1. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Gifted/Traded Books:

  1. Never, Never by Brianna Shum (thank you Secret Sister “Claudia”!)
  2. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin (thank you Secret Sister “Claudia”!)
  3. Being Friends with Boys by Terra McVoy (thank you Secret Sister “Claudia”!)

Arcs Received:

  1. The Weight of Feathers by Anne-Marie McLemore (St. Martins)
  2.  The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet by Kate Rorick and Rachel Kiley (Simon)
  3. Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer (Tor)
  4. Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey (Macmillan)
  5. These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker (Macmillan)
  6. The Last Place on Earth by Carol Snow (Macmillan)
  7. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (Amazon Vine)

If you want to see how I’m doing with BEA 2015 books check here.

September 1: Wrapping up Walk on Earth a Stranger which is a delightful book. I have slotted out my next 16 books to read. I’m not sure if I’ll stick to the order but after focusing on ARCs last month I really need to get back to other obligation related reading this the strict rotation here.

September 8: Started the month strong but it couldn’t last. Dreamstrider was interesting but gosh it did not work for me.

September 14: My feelings about Dumplin’ wound up being very complicated. Still processing Unmade. Squeezing in The Girl Who Could Not Dream since I forgot to add it to the schedule at the start of the month and need to read it before the release.

September 16: The girl who could not  dream was a breezy, fast read and a lot of fun. Onto The Secret of Hollow Places and, guys, I’m only on page 20 and I already have A LOT of questions.

September 20: Not sure how I feel about Briar Rose. I always think I will like Jane Yolen’s books but I am almost never floored. Something worth filing away I guess. Next on deck is Updraft. I don’t know how many more books I can read this month but I think I’m going to try to stick to the rotation I laid out and carry any unread books into my October TBR because these are all titles I really need/want to knock out.

September 21: So. Updraft. Maybe a case of a book I should have researched more before requesting based on the cover? It was fun and will appeal to a lot of people but it wasn’t exactly what I wanted or expected. Onward to Six of Crows!