The Accident Season

The Accident Season

Book - 2015
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"Every October Cara and her family become mysteriously and dangerously accident-prone, but this year, the year Cara, her ex-stepbrother, and her best friend are 17, is when Cara will begin to unravel the accident season's dark origins"--
Publisher: New York : Kathy Dawson Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2015]
ISBN: 9780525429487
0525429484
Branch Call Number: YAF FOWLEY-DOYLE, MOIRA
Characteristics: 291 pages ; 22 cm

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MelissaYAReader
Oct 29, 2017

This story was just plain bizarre. The family accepts that every year at this time they must endure the accident season, but no one knows why. It is a family curse that doesn't seem to be linked by blood since Cara's former stepbrother Sam, who isn't related to any of them by blood, also experiences the curse. The character development in this novel was interesting and the author hands out information gradually, never giving you too much information at one time. The pacing is slow and methodical, building up the tension as the accident season progresses through the month of October. There is an additional mystery of a girl who keeps appearing in all the photographs Cara takes, a girl she can no longer find.

Overall this is an intriguing and suspenseful narrative, but I can't say that I was completely satisfied with the ending. Different and fun with great tone and plotting, I guess I wanted a more dramatic ending.

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amylee290
Sep 08, 2017

A little odd, and very slow during the middle.. but not a bad book.

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gusmcrae
Jul 05, 2016

This one was OK. I stuck with it because I wanted to know just what was going on with this strange family. The writing was more whimsical than I care for, and in the end I wasn't terribly satisfied by the answers.

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msp_pier
May 12, 2016

THIS. BOOK.

As soon as I finished it yesterday I couldn’t even form words. I was overwhelmed with emotions and feels and all of the things.

Every October, Cara and her family become unavoidably accident-prone. Some years it’s not so bad, just bumps and bruises, but others it’s worse, like when her dad died. Ever since she could remember, October has always been ‘The Accident Season‘.

This year, she’s 17 years old, and it’s going to bad, the worse one yet, maybe, and it all starts with the disappearance of one of Cara’s friends.

What follows is a beautiful narration of the adventure that Cara and her family embark on as they uncover long-hidden family truths and the dark origins of the accident season.

Written in the form of Magical Realism, it wasn’t until I was nearing the end that I started to understand the real story hidden beneath.

And I loved it.

If you’ve ever read We Were Liars, then you’ll enjoy this book as well!

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gina_romano2012
Apr 01, 2016

This book receives all 5 stars from me! Like the first comment on this thread, I must say that this book left me in awe. Moira has a way of writing that left me with a passion for life. I am an avid reader, but am not so good with words myself. I just want everyone to know that they should check this book out. I am purchasing a copy to keep with my favorites (I rarely reread a book, but this one is definitely something I will read again!).

spl_merley Jan 05, 2016

Startling discoveries and buried secrets plague Cara and her family as they face the "accident season" but while accidents will scrape skin and crack bone - secrets can tear people apart. A dark and mysterious coming of age story with complicated family relationships and some mature themes.

DPLbooklists_teens Dec 14, 2015

From DPL's Teen Advisory Board member Calista:
Spoiler Alert!
I would give this book two out of five stars.
The Accident Season has an extremely interesting premise that drew me in, but ultimately the story was lacking. The summary ended up being better than the content. Too many questions were left unresolved or only received vague answers. Every year there is an accident season where one family has their members get injured and killed. This is the main mystery throughout the book.
However, in the end you only know that the long gone step-father caused some accidents. The rest of the accidents simply have the description that not everything is an accident. This leads one to believe that there is some other force at play, but it is not revealed. It is alluded to that supernatural forces are in the works, but they are never explained. Also, the average teenager who likes who plot lines are easily uncovered. I was able to guess what would happen with the couple within the first few pages of the book. The summary is enticing and has a mystery that intrigued me. Ultimately, the book fell short when it could not effectively answer all of the questions it brought up.

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aliciamarie
Sep 02, 2015

I am not sure I will be able to explain why I loved this book so much. But I will try. Bear with me as I try to tell you all about this lovely book.
The Accident Season is Moira Fowley-Doyle's debut novel and what a stunner it was! From the very first page I knew this book would be something special. She has this magical way of writing. Everything is explained and worded so effortlessly, yet has this magical pull that keeps you reading along. She explains things so detailed, so extraordinary, yet so real. She explains places, characters, and scenes that paints a perfect picture in your mind, yet still leaves enough room for your imagination to run wild and grow with the story.
The story itself was haunting. A captivating story that revolves around relationships with family and close friends. Every character was extremely unique, yet they all fit together so perfectly. There is a romantic relationship (or two) explored in this story, but it is done so elegantly and realistic that I didn't feel the need to roll my eyes and it didn't take away from the main story.
I am not sure how I would categorize this book... perhaps YA thriller, contemporary, coming-of-age, magical realism, paranormal reality, mixed with fantasy. It is truly a one of a kind story.
I really wish I could write more about this book, but I fear that too much will give it away. Please add it to your list. You will not be disappointed. Plus the cover is amazing! This is a book that will be savored until the very last page and even after you close the cover will be memorable.

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spl_merley Jan 05, 2016

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aliciamarie
Sep 02, 2015

"So let's raise our glasses
to the accident season,

To the river beneath us
Where we sink our souls,

To the bruises and secrets,
To the ghosts in the ceiling,

One more drink
for the watery road."

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