Trouble, despite its cover that earns you weird looks and the story you really don’t want your parents knowing about, was one of my favourite books of 2014. It’s story was so brilliantly crafted, I found it impossible not to love Non Pratt and her writing. So when Remix came out, I was instantly on the Waterstones website ordering it. When it finally arrived, I was ecstatic: it’s been positively spoken of in the book community and I was finally so pleased to be able to provide my own thoughts on it.
Kaz got dumped. But not by anyone: by the love of her life. And her best friend Ruby is a bit sick of hearing about it, and whilst she’s got her own problems, she’s decided it’s time to change the constant drone of hearing Kaz complain. So she’s booked a weekend pass to Remix: one of the biggest music festival. Three days of camping and enjoying music in a field. But what neither of them realise is that Ruby’s ex Stu’s turned up, Kaz’s ex Tom’s turned up and none of them realise nothing is going to work out.
As much as I really enjoyed this book, I couldn’t help but feel slightly let down by it.
First, my positives.
The plot and setting are unique. It’s the first time I’ve read a book set at a music festival with a plot near as unique as this. Non Pratt’s returned with her unique way of approaching writing novels, and her infections traits of just making you love her books is back too.
But in comparison to Trouble, I think I know which one I’d pick any day. (Hint: it’s not Remix.)
Remix, I found, was slow to start with. The story does get a lot faster and a bit more interesting heading into the last days of the festival, and eventually it winds up leaving you a bit shipwrecked with the ending because you want to know what happened but Non Pratt’s left you on a bit of a negative. I simultaneously love and hate that at the same time.
We get a lot of detail about what happens on the Friday and Saturday of the festival, but I would have much liked some more detail about what happened on the Sunday. The focus also shifted slightly away from the festival, which worked for the book, but instead of having at least some basic focus on music, it seemed a bit like the book was punctuated with lust, sexual tension and, let’s face it: just sex.
I also found myself regularly lost on the dual narrative, as rather than a chapter with Kaz, another with Ruby, it could change anywhere, making the chapters quite redundant.
If Remix were a meal you were served in a restaurant, it would have an overcooked starter, a main course served on lust but topping it off with a premium dessert, just to redeem itself towards the end.
Sorry Non, Remix just wasn’t for me.