Thursday, January 3, 2013

(Review + GIVEAWAY) : Dented Cans by Heather Walsh

Author: Heather Walsh
Publisher:  Self Published (Woohoo!)
Release Date: November 2 2012
Pages: 150
Read in: 5 days

Sixteen-year-old Hannah Sampson knows her family is not what you would call normal. Her father compulsively buys dented cans and has a particular fondness for cans without labels, which are extremely discounted because their contents are a mystery. Her mother takes countless pictures of her family and then glues them down into the pages of her scrapbooks, but does not allow anyone to look at them. Ryan, Hannah’s mischievous fourteen-year-old brother, is headed straight for the remedial track at the local community college, if he’s lucky. Ben, her eight-year-old brother, is a walking sound effects machine, who prefers to communicate with noises rather than words. While Hannah is focused on escaping her working-class Connecticut suburb, she also finds herself being tugged back home as she worries about her brother Ben.

Hannah’s parents inflict one last family vacation on the Sampson children, a trip that goes comically wrong almost from the get-go. Hannah is forced to confront her family’s past in Disney World, of all places, when an emotional argument prompts her parents to disclose a secret they have been keeping from the children for sixteen years. Ultimately, she must decide whether to leave her hometown and not look back, or to focus on helping her family.

*We received a copy of Dented Cans in exchange for an honest review*
Dented Cans is a hilarious, contemporary novel that 's told from the perspective of a fifteen-year old girl, Hannah. Hannah is a goal-driven and ambitious teenager that tries not to take anything for granted. Any opportunity she's given is taken advantage of. Her life plans are all set out - from her first car payment to her tuition for college! Hannah lives in a suburb-town in Connecticut that she doesn't believe holds much for her future. Aside from the hometown she's trying to escape, she is also trying to distance herself from her family of two brothers, and both parents. Her far-from-the-norm family is the type of family that makes reality TV seem like pure lies. Both her parents have obsessive hoarding habits for pictures, albums, as well as cans - dented cans to be more specific. At the start of her junior year in high-school  her parents decide to subject the children to a long overdue vacation. No - not to visit some cool tourist attractions or explore a new country, but  to DISNEY WORLD. (We can only begin to imagine the joy Hannah was filled with, while hearing this.) 

We think the button above should be changed to 'What We Loved' or maybe even 'How to Write Young Adult (YA).' We thought Walsh did an amazing job displaying the extremely complicated teenage mind, that many authors of the YA genre find hard to grasp. We are completely sure, that if Hannah was a real person, we'd all be best friends! From the sarcasm, to her reasoning, to her perspective on parents, money, and college - Hannah was an average teenage girl. We also loved how Dented Cans didn't have one of those expected endings that contemporary novels usually have. It was more of a modified happily-ever-after-ending. Everything didn't just switch into perfect gear in the last chapter, but realization dawned, and circumstances changed.

We honestly didn't have any complaints about Dented Cans,  we didn't, however, like the turning point. The point in which Hannah realizes, "Wait, I love my family, and want to be there for them in helping get through this situation", seemed a bit abrupt. Her mother just blurts out the family secret they've been keeping for a little over sixteen years? We just didn't feel like Hannah should have been so affected by the confession, not to say that we didn't love how Dented Cans ended, just the time in which the ending or realization was achieved wasn't ... realistic.

To wrap things up, Dented Cans was a great novel that we'd recommend to any teenager or person who enjoys a good laugh. We loved the amazing character development and the views that Hannah had on ... EVERYTHING.


We're extremely excited to giveaway a copy of Heather Walsh's Dented Cans. 

The giveaway, sadly, is only open to residents of the US. 
ENTER, ENTER, ENTER. You have two weeks starting ... NOW! :D

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  1. Ah! I'm looking for something funny to read! Might just give it a try :-)

  2. You definitely should! (: I don't think there was a page we read that didn't make us laugh.

  3. You definitely should! (: I don't think there was a page we read that didn't make us laugh.

  4. Oh, yeah. I saw your updates on Goodreads. I want to read it now, though. :( *Crosses fingers* Hope I win!

  5. 5 stars?! Haven't seen one of those in a while on here ;)

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    -Yadera @ LovingMyBookshelf

  6. Hehe! You liked it. We saw ;D. Eliza haven't you learned, yet? People like us never win ...

  7. Trust us, we know. But, it was amazing. Pinky promise ~ LOL. Thank Heather!

  8. Sounds like a unique read - will have to check it out!