Speed of Life – review

Speed of Life by J.M. Kelly

Star Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/5 Stars

Release Date: October 11, 2016

Young Adult, Contempory, Social/Family Issues

Big thank you to NetGalley and HMH Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.

Synopsis: Crystal and her twin sister, Amber, have a plan for their lives. They’re going to work hard, make some money and take care of their baby, Natalie, until Crystal receives an opportunity she can’t pass up and derails everything.

My Thoughts (no spoilers)

First, I’ll start with the things I liked about it and move on to what I didn’t.

I loved the character of Crystal, she felt very real to me. She had an interesting passion with cars and restoring them and it was unique and unusual to see that. With what I do know about old cars, the author really made an effort to make it authentic.

I also liked the bond that Crystal and Amber had, as twin sisters, they really looked out for each other and balanced each other’s needs well. They both worked really hard to take care of Natalie. 

The story was easy to read, it only lagged a little in the middle where it seems like nothing was happening but I never felt like not picking it up. It was a pretty quick read for me.

Unfortunately, it didn’t blow me away, there were some things I didn’t enjoy about it that kept it from giving it more stars.

I felt like everything was wrapped up too perfectly. The life that they grew up in would suggest that things should have been a little harder for them, it seemed to me like both girls kept having these perfect things fall right in their laps. Everything just kept working out with very little effort. I found it unbelievable. 

With this being said, the idea that any of the characters in the story would consider dropping out of their senior year of high school with the deal they had going baffled me… 

The male characters in the story annoyed me. I never connected to any of them, they were just kind of there to move the story along but had no real depth or development. Han especially bothered me, mostly towards the end at his acceptance of his situation without question. Maybe it’s because they’re teenagers but I found the whole thing to be wrapped up in a nice bow instead of the messy situation it really was.

Who would I recommend this to: If you love contemporaries, and sweet endings, you’ll probably love this. Also, if you like anything about old cars, this will be a big plus for you!


If you have any plans to read this, or have read this and want to share thoughts, let me know! I’d love to chat about it

Thanks for reading 🌺

Until next time, bye!


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