I really do enjoy reading "Young Adult" books. I'm not sure if it is because the drama of that age, the heightened emotion, or simply the art of characters finding their footing in the world. Because I enjoy them I tend to not only read them, but find myself at the library's YA section frequently and may even eves drop from time to time on the conversations of bookish teens surrounding me. I try not to think so much about their point of view while reading these books, as I enjoy getting lost in my own mind, but I consider their perspective once I've finished a book.
Undertow is a considerably readable book. It has a pace that draws you in at the beginning and keeps you riveted to the story without giving away too much too soon. This is an important quality in a book for me because no one wants to know what's going on right from the get-go. I like to ponder options, question where the writer is taking us, and get excited by the possibility of going somewhere new. The author does a fantastic job of making the unbelievable, believable. She weaves together a story about a young girl who moves to Cape Cod under mysterious circumstances, and in no time at all she is surrounded by a few good friends and a troubling undercurrent of things lying under the surface that start to become part of her new reality.
I liked the cast of characters, particularly MJ and Ann, who add a bit of sullen humor to this book. Raef as the leading love interest was a bit of a throw-away for me. He didn't seem to have as much depth as I wanted him to for the history that his character provides to the story. The one thing I can truly say that I was slightly disappointed in by this book was that the whole time that the mystery at the center was being developed I was intrigued and mystified as to what was going on. I started thinking maybe mermaids were involved or something a bit less commercialized in a mountain of other books. So when I did find out what creatures lie beneath, I was a bit disappointed in the familiarity. However, I still thought this was a really good book and one that will be enjoyed by many.