Title: The Fountain
Author: Suzy Vadori
Rating: 4/5 (I loved it)
I was sent a copy of this novel in return for an honest review.
This is a spoiler free review : )
This novel was shortlisted for an Aurora Award for Best Young Adult Novel in 2016
When Ava Marshall went to a new school, St. Augustus, her junior year, she was nervous. She was in a new town with new people. One day, while traveling through the woods to visit her Gran, she stumbled across a white-stoned fountain sitting in the middle of an opening in the forest. Following her late mother’s advice, she made a wish. The next day, she found that her wish had come true and everything she had known was different. She and a classmate then set out to repair the damage that might have been caused by her wish, while forging a deep and unbreakable bond.
I have always loved a good boarding school story. When I was younger I had a huge desire to attend a boarding school. Maybe it was the prospect of little supervision or maybe I wanted to be Harry Potter, but it always appealed to me. This novel definitely fulfilled this desire. It incudes all the necessary components, a crazy/mysterious teacher, a little rule-breaking, and a protagonist who will do anything to achieve her goals, which I think is an incredible message for young readers. Although I would have loved a deeper look into Ava’s schooling life and aspects about the school, the readers are given a look into the history of the school, which I found interesting and original.
Let’s talk about Ethan. I will say this right now. Yes, there is a love triangle. I am usually against love triangles because I feel like they are overplayed in young adult literature however I wasn’t mad at this one. The author described it in such an elegant way that the reader doesn’t get that bitter taste in their mouth. It happened organically and naturally like it would in the real world. I adore the result of this love triangle and I think there was no question as to which choice Ava would go with.
Overall, the book was a fast and easy read. It helped pull me out of a very long reading slump, which I will be eternally thankful! I had no problems with any of the characters. I especially loved Ethan (forever in my heart). It was a subtle fantasy that is fast paced and enjoyable. A great read for middle-grade and young adult readers!
This is Suzy Vadori’s debut novel for young adults. She works as an Operations Executive and as an author.