Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Now that I’ve landed the guy of my dreams, things have gotten complicated.
Life would be easy if Orion and I lived in a love bubble where we worked on our comic book 24/7. But nothing is that simple.
Especially when my parents full-on helicopter me, my boyfriend won’t kiss me…for reasons, and my cousin – a quintessential bad girl – is moving in and totally eclipsing my life.
The only thing I know is that those leather-clad, butt-kicking girls in comics always get what they want.
I’m sick of being the good girl everyone expects me to be.
So I’m trying something new. Wish me luck.
It was about time to begin living a life Hemingway would write home about.
Step one: Kiss my boyfriend.
Tallie and the Total Eclipse is a young adult, contemporary novel aimed at those who enjoy love stories, and cheesy romance.
I am one of those people.
And I loved this book.
Opening in the run up to homecoming, we’re instantly whipped right back into the world of Maggie and Tallie (Maggie being the protagonist in this novel’s predecessor, Maggie and the Mercury Retrograde, Tallie being her best friend). This time, though, it is Tallie who is the protagonist, and her voice this book is being read in.
Personally, I really liked Tallie, and feel as though her narration was much more captivating than Maggie’s in the previous book, keeping me entertained, and wanting to read more. Tallie is a very relateable character in more ways than one, which really helped me resonate with her story. This book deals with senior year struggles, feeling left out, strict parents, and more.
Basically, this book is a Bible of what not to do when you feel you’re struggling with any of the aforementioned themes.
Nevertheless, this book continued to be funny, and – despite many being terribly silly – the majority of Tallie’s decisions made sense, and it’s not until later that you realise the consequences, really teaching the teenage population reading this novel to make good choices.
I know I have learnt from this book!
In my review of Maggie and the Mercury Retrograde, I mentioned that Anya Monroe, the author of this book, has a great, unique method of writing, allowing her story to be simultaneously fast-paced and exciting without becoming too confusing, or seemingly rushed. And, in this novel, she achieved the same. Tallie and the Total Eclipse is an up-beat, up-tempo insight into the world and mind of a teenager, and Anya is so great at actually sounding like a teenager through her writing. Most of the dialogue – and most of the narration, for that matter – was written in a beautifully modern way that truly captured the voice of the teenage generation. Frankly, this book is hilarious, and Monroe is amazing at developing characters that will resonate with the reader, as well as humour that is modern and progressive.
Unlike Maggie and the Mercury Retrograde, this book dove into some deeper topics including drug and alcohol use at young age, as well as feeling trapped in one’s life. This worked really well alongside the humour, because it portrayed important issues in a fun way that enticed you to keep reading.
In terms of characters, all were great to read about. I would, however, say that it was a little unbelievable that so many were against what Tallie was doing. In real life, most people are all for it, and it would have probably been more effective had only Maggie and the adults had a problem with what Tallie was up to, as opposed to everyone being ruffled by it.
Tallie was a great voice to read from. I found myself resonating with the majority of things she said, and I really enjoyed her perspective on life. Her obsession with going outside to live life and enjoy experiences in order to write about them was admirable, in my opinion. Also, it was great to explore her character much more than we had the chance to in the previous book.
Maggie was as great as in the previous book, but – I would say – a little rash now and again. Firstly, I feel as though she didn’t speak up enough when she didn’t agree with something, and assume Tallie knew what she was thinking. Then again, that theme switched to the extreme, wherein Maggie was very opinionated against Tallie, without helping her. Nevertheless, she was still extremely funny, and I really enjoyed her character.
Bela reminded me of a stereotypical cheerleader, despite not even being a cheerleader. She was very bubbly, and supportive of Tallie, much more so than Maggie. She did remind me of a lost puppy, though, on occasion, what with the sudden tears and lack of understanding from her peers.
Orion was great. Just like in the previous book, he was a dreamboat boyfriend, one all of us dream of. He was so understanding and great to Tallie despite her mistakes, and it was great to read of such a stable boyfriend.
Dankia, despite her background and encouragement towards Tallie’s eventual unbecoming, was really nice to read about. She differed drastically to all of Tallie’s other friends, and it was nice to see how Tallie interacted differently with her compared to her main circle of friends.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was enticing, exciting, and thoroughly heart-warming throughout. Thus, I awarded it 4.5/5 stars.
(Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I would like to send a big thank you to Anya Monroe for this book, as well as a big congratulations for such a great novel.)