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  1. Joelle Anthony Joelle Anthony says:

    I wrote thissoyou knowI like it I hope you do too


  2. Julia (Shakespeare and Such) Julia (Shakespeare and Such) says:

    5 5 This is the best YA contemporary I ve ever read, period.I m both exhausted from the week and emotionally drained from finishing this tonight basically I read half of the book today but I need to write this review ASAP because the book is coming out so soon and I just need to share my feelings with prospective readers.This is probably going to get long and rave y so here s a quick overview of what made this book such an incredible standout for me Feminist without being preachy A stunning 5 5 This is the best YA contemporary I ve ever read, period.I m both exhausted from the week and emotionally drained from finishing this tonight basically I read half of the book today but I need to write this review ASAP because the book is coming out so soon and I just need to share my feelings with prospective readers.This is probably going to get long and rave y so here s a quick overview of what made this book such an incredible standout for me Feminist without being preachy A stunningly accurate portrayal of living in near poverty in America Also very accurate portrayal of raising a baby Complex and realistic familial relationships NO FORCED LOVE INTERESTS Narration with a relatable but emotionally stirring voiceSo let s discuss in that order Firstly one of the twins, our narrator, Crystal, works at a gas station She loves cars and her mustang is her baby She wants to spend the rest of her life working in automotive restoration And guess what not once does any single character in this book question that I was keeping my eyes peeled, so certain that I would eventually find that line like You re pretty good with cars, for a girl or some other trite, sexist line It never happened It was like the heavens opened up above this story as I was reading it And the best part was that it felt like an effortless exclusion That type of dialogue wouldn t have effected Crystal s choices or passion anyway so it was just irrelevant Because interests don t have genders I could keep going about this but honestly it was just so straightforwardly feminist without Crystal even having to use that word that I was just blown away Kudos.Next I need to discuss their lifestyle Crystal and Amber do not have easy lives Their mom has a gambling addiction, their stepdad is pretty much a lazy stoner The girls both work part time jobs in order to pay for their own needs, for Natalie s their baby , and also combine their income into a joint bank account so they can save to buy their own apartment in a better neighborhood How rough is it where they live Crystal leaves the family dog to sleep in her mustang to prevent carjackings at night, if that helps give you some indication The issues that they faced, as well as their reactions to small windfalls, were portrayed in an incredibly realistic way I have family members whose lifestyles and choices are shockingly similar to a lot of what happens in this book, so I know firsthand just how well these topics were dealt with It s tough to read about but also so important I also found this point of view incredibly refreshing, seeing as most YA contemporary novels feature protagonists of higher socioeconomic status think the ever popular politician s daughter trope.Similarly, I was very impressed with the lifelike writing in regards to raising a baby As a nanny and pre service teacher, it s my personal pet peeve when children are written wildly inappropriately for their stage of development Kelly handled Natalie s aging and characterization so well and I found many of the small parenting moments in the novel to be super relatable i.e you only wake a sleeping baby once because she s cute, and then you learn your lesson too real Likewise, the struggles Amber and Crystal go through to raise her coordinating alternating schedules for daycare pickup, endeavoring to provide for her ever changing needs such as clothes as she grows , and even simple moments like removing a sleeping baby from a car seat and praying you don t wake her up are written with an astonishing level of realism.Further I loved the familial relationships within the novel Of course Crystal and Amber, being twins, are the standout I thought their closeness and their differences were both shown well, and some of the most emotionally stirring moments for me were while reading the descriptions of how physically ill it made Crystal feel to lie to her twin sister I also loved their mothering toward Natalie, as I ve touched on But most surprisingly, I enjoyed learningandabout the twins relationship with their mother Their mom certainly had her fair share of issues the gambling problem, having to raise twins at a young age and in the beginning of the book I felt a lot of resentment toward her for Crystal and Amber s upbringing and living condition However, there were so many small moments we see Crystal share with their mom where I just sort of got it Like I didn t suddenly wish she was my own mother, but sometimes you just love your family because they re your family and they usually want what s best for you even if they don t always act that way There were also some complex and interesting relationships with extended family members, which I enjoyed as well I also have a great appreciation for Crystal s boss Jimmy, and the bond that they shared.Okay I m going to put the love interests bit under a spoilers section because I know some people are real sticklers about this stuff, but I ll first just say that this was one of the saving graces that took this book from I like it to I LOVE IT Why every contemporary seems obligated to have romance I do not understand There are a thousand problems that contemporary teenagers have to face and I promise you a relationship is only one of those view spoiler Okay, there were two main guys in this story, either of whom could have been stereotypically roped into a relationship with Crystal There s David, the handsome, rich nephew of her boss Can t you just see it The enemies to friends to lovers trope He s so different but they bond over their love of cars and their time studying for the SATs oh no but what about his girlfriend HA NOPE David stays loyal to his girlfriend, Crystal isn t even interested though Amber thinks she must be , and their enemies to friends thing worked out beautifully I loved their friendship so much and honestly wanted evenof it We also have Han, Crystal s friend who kind of has a crush on her, but also kind of had a crush on Amber, and who REALLY SPOILER Y NOW is Natalie s father Did he get sucked into an insta romance just because his paternity was revealed NOPE And honestly I feel so blessed to see romance averted not just once but TWICE in the same book There are so many bigger,interesting contemporary issues than how does my new boyfriend affect my life and Speed of Life freaking crushed it hide spoiler Finally I just want to briefly add that I really loved Crystal as a narrator Based on perspective alone she seems like a character I wouldn t be able to relate to, but I found her voice to be so frank and real that I not only felt like I understood her but I felt for her I wish I was exaggerating when I say I lost count of the number of times this book had my eyes welling up with tears I just loved it and was so moved by the entire story The lone complaint I have from the entire book is that a Spanish speaking character said no problemo instead of no problema That s IT, my friends.Okay, as per usual I got much too emotionally involved with my review But this is a young adult contemporary that I think could be enjoyed by fans of the genre and those who avoid it I m typically in the latter category It s so touching, it s so raw, but not without funny moments and a whole lot of heart I recommend everyone to give this book a chance.I received an eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review


  3. Dahlia Dahlia says:

    This was a fast read with really clear positives and negatives, and it made me wish it were possible to hand a book back to an author and say, You have something so good here please just rewrite the last quarter or so This is the first YA I ve ever read where the main character is taking care of a baby in a maternal capacity from start to end, and I really loved watching her balance the challenges with school, work, sharing the responsibilities with her sister, coming from a very low income This was a fast read with really clear positives and negatives, and it made me wish it were possible to hand a book back to an author and say, You have something so good here please just rewrite the last quarter or so This is the first YA I ve ever read where the main character is taking care of a baby in a maternal capacity from start to end, and I really loved watching her balance the challenges with school, work, sharing the responsibilities with her sister, coming from a very low income household, and planning her future There wasn t a ton of interacting with the baby raising her was a very telling, not showing experience and I still can t quite decide if I think that was by design or not, but I m leaning toward the former But I m very here for books that discuss that kind of economic home life balancing and where college isn t everyone s goal To be honest, I m not clear what David s role was in any of that in the book at all, really, since I think having the gets everything handed to him foil he was supposed to be sort of crumbled and he turned into plot convenience and I totally expected a story with him that wasn t there view spoiler Did anyone else assume he was somehow connected the guidance counselor whose engagement broke off Like, didn t that seem like a plot thread that actually just didn t end up being one Or just me hide spoiler The secondary characters in the book other than Amber all kinda fell to that they seemed like they d have real roles but then just sort of fell into serving whatever plot points were happening and making Crystal s life a little easier when needed And the fat shaming of Crystal s mother is pretty damn cringe y My biggest problem, though, was the attempts at twists that just did not really work as such One was fairly harmless it was easy to see coming, and it was something that needed to be addressed, but the idea that it should ve had shock factor was piled on pretty heavy And I get it it s sort of hard to unfold things like that naturally, which is one of the reasons I revere Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert so strongly it has a kind of mastery at that I ve seldom seen elsewhere But the second oneGod, everything about that was just wrong, and to fix it probably would ve taken an entire other book That was a plot point that just needed not to happen, and it s hard to confidently recommend this book now that it has Still, I think if handling of child rearing by teens in YA and or socioeconomic diversity is of interest to you, this is worth picking up Just don t resist the urge to DNF when things take a major turn


  4. Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries) Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries) says:

    Wholly unremarkable other than a poorly pulled off twist and a nasty instance of fat shaming There are good things, like how the sisters relationship develops over the course of a year, but there s just nothing to say about the book.Diversity just diversity in class status because everyone in the novel is poor as dirt No racial ethnic, QUILTBAG, or disability rep anywhere.


  5. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    2.5 stars.This wasn t my cup of tea for a boatload of reasons I think I m just going to leave it at that.


  6. Sam Sam says:

    Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC It upsets me how much this book isn t being talked about This is one of those contemporary gems that has no buzz behind it, and it s just such a genuine and thoughtful read Speed of Life is about two twin sisters who share everything, are dirt poor, and are looking to get out of their backwater town and make real lives for themselves and the child that one of them has had out of wedlock While this doesn t sound like the most original plot line, there i Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC It upsets me how much this book isn t being talked about This is one of those contemporary gems that has no buzz behind it, and it s just such a genuine and thoughtful read Speed of Life is about two twin sisters who share everything, are dirt poor, and are looking to get out of their backwater town and make real lives for themselves and the child that one of them has had out of wedlock While this doesn t sound like the most original plot line, there is something so engaging about the way in which Kelly shares this story.What I loved about this novel is Crystal s narrative She s very thoughtful, has a huge sense of pride in herself and her abilities as a mechanic, and she wants to be able to rescue herself, her sister, and the baby they are raising from the poverty that they face I love the way the author establishes the sister s relationship to both each other and their friends and family The writing and looking at the world through Crystal s eyes are just so vivid She has aspirations, she has goals, and she hopes that Amber will share those goals with her When the fall out in the story occurs, it just really broke my heart into several pieces because I just connected so deeply with the sisters conflict, despite not having experienced it personally I think the author does such a great job of sucking the reader into the story and making the reader connect with the girls and connect with their story I think what I also loved about Speed of Life is that there is such a larger mystery going on with who is Natalie s parents, why are the girls caring for her, and I think Kelly does an amazing job keeping the reader looking for these answers.I wishfolks would read this wonderful novel, especially those who love contemporary Speed of Life is raw, heartfelt, and it asks the reader to open themselves up to a situation that is just so emotionally exhausting I hope when this novel releases thatreaders consider checking this one out Everything about it just left me emotionally drained in the best kind of way


  7. Victoria Victoria says:

    I am not sure if there will ever come a time in my reading life when I am able to pass up a book about twins And with a long love of Sweet Valley High, I particularly cannot pass up a book about identical twins set during their high school years Although, this Washington state town is a far cry from Sweet Valley and these twins don t live in a split level ranch with a kidney shaped pool No, these red headed twins live in a bedroom made illegally out of a garage, and the book opens with the I am not sure if there will ever come a time in my reading life when I am able to pass up a book about twins And with a long love of Sweet Valley High, I particularly cannot pass up a book about identical twins set during their high school years Although, this Washington state town is a far cry from Sweet Valley and these twins don t live in a split level ranch with a kidney shaped pool No, these red headed twins live in a bedroom made illegally out of a garage, and the book opens with the birth of a daughter a tradition in Amber and Crystal s family in that teen pregnancy runs rampant amongst them with aunts and cousins also having children during high school.So while their financial status is not similar to the Wakefields at all these teens even have jobs , their love and the strength of their bond is very familiar Told entirely from Crystal s perspective, she is a unique girl into carsthan clothes and has enjoyed her job at a garage gas station and restoring her own car Both she and her sister compliment each other and work together to stick to their plan of moving out after graduation they pool together their resources and share the care of their baby.But soon the plan begins to crumble when Crystal learns of an opportunity that will bring her farther from her sister than they ever imagined Secrets build and while the book isn t terribly fast paced, it does remain interesting and engaging until the very end In a lot of ways, these twins are a lotadult than many others found in fiction, and I think that their general situation isn t one that often lands in fiction either I do wish that there had been a littlebalance in having the entire novel from Crystal s point of view, it makes Amber much less developed and feels like some of her idiosyncrasies are just overly convenient The ending s twist feels a little overly manufactured and while not hard to predict, doesn t make that much sense in a school environment But on the whole, this makes for an entertaining and fresh read


  8. BookChic Club BookChic Club says:

    I really enjoyed this book by Kelly, and I was surprised at the twist toward the end of the book I don t usually expect twists in my contemporaries This offers a glimpse into the life of two small town teen sisters who are raising a daughter together after one of them gets pregnant They re part of a low income family and doing their best to give the baby what she needs and working hard to a better life together It s one of the most realistic books I ve ever read every character has flaws an I really enjoyed this book by Kelly, and I was surprised at the twist toward the end of the book I don t usually expect twists in my contemporaries This offers a glimpse into the life of two small town teen sisters who are raising a daughter together after one of them gets pregnant They re part of a low income family and doing their best to give the baby what she needs and working hard to a better life together It s one of the most realistic books I ve ever read every character has flaws and there s tension between everyone just as in most family and friend relationships , but there s also lots of love and sacrifice when it matters most This was simply a fantastic novel, and if you like contemporary, get this when it s released


  9. Jamie (Books and Ladders) Jamie (Books and Ladders) says:

    Disclaimer I received an eARC of this book I chose to review it and this in no way impacts my opinion of it.DNF 82%To be fair, I wasn t enjoying this novel at like 20% but decided to continue on because I had nothing better to do but now I m SO MAD that I did I just can t after the plot twist that is shitty writing tbh The first plot twist was stupid but meh, but the second I basically rage quit Full DNF review tomorrow on Books and Ladders Disclaimer I received an eARC of this book I chose to review it and this in no way impacts my opinion of it.DNF 82%To be fair, I wasn t enjoying this novel at like 20% but decided to continue on because I had nothing better to do but now I m SO MAD that I did I just can t after the plot twist that is shitty writing tbh The first plot twist was stupid but meh, but the second I basically rage quit Full DNF review tomorrow on Books and Ladders


  10. Dylan Dylan says:

    4 stars The pacing and story was great, but knocked off a star because of fatshaming and the twist wasn t done very well.


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Speed of Life ➶ [Read] ➲ Speed of Life By J.M. Kelly ➾ – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Twins Crystal and Amber have the same goal to be the first in their family to graduate high school and make something of their lives When one gets pregnant during their junior year, they promise to ra Twins Crystal and Amber have the same goal to be Speed of eBook Ü the first in their family to graduate high school and make something of their lives When one gets pregnant during their junior year, they promise to raise the baby together It s not easy, but between their after school jobs, they re scraping byCrystal s grades catch the attention of the new guidance counselor, who tells her about a college that offers a degree in automotive restoration, perfect for the car buff she is When she secretly applies and gets in new opportunities threaten their once certain plans, and Crystal must make a choice follow her dreams or stay behind and honor the promise she made to her sisterFeminist readers in particular will appreciate this strong young woman who doesn t conform to gender norms Kirkus.

    Speed of Life PDF/EPUB ↠ Speed of eBook Ü year, they promise to raise the baby together It s not easy, but between their after school jobs, they re scraping byCrystal s grades catch the attention of the new guidance counselor, who tells her about a college that offers a degree in automotive restoration, perfect for the car buff she is When she secretly applies and gets in new opportunities threaten their once certain plans, and Crystal must make a choice follow her dreams or stay behind and honor the promise she made to her sisterFeminist readers in particular will appreciate this strong young woman who doesn t conform to gender norms Kirkus."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • Speed of Life
  • J.M. Kelly
  • 12 March 2019
  • 0544747828

About the Author: J.M. Kelly

JM Kelly is the YA pen name for the children Speed of eBook Ü s author Joelle Anthony She loves the rain, which is good because she was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and now lives in British Columbia, Canada She spent her childhood with her nose in a book, often in the backseat of whatever old car her dad had at the time She s worked as an actress, a Minor League Baseball souvenir hawker, the Easter Bunny, and various other not so odd jobs Now she mostly writes novels, but she still dabbles in sketch comedy, nonfiction articles, and teaching writing to both kids and adults She recently wrote and starred in her first full length play, along with her husband Books by Joelle Anthony include Restoring Harmony, The Right the Real and the forthcoming A Month of Mondays She maintains one website at.