A coming of age, dark, humorous, romantic thriller. A twenty-first century Cinderella. The protagonist, seventeen year old Mia Dent, is overweight, unhappy, dormant at school and a crutch for her alcoholic mother. Together they live on a dangerous West London estate. On route to school one morning Mia spots Flynn Mason; he is the catalyst to change. In Mia’s imagination she constructs a personality and a back story for Flynn. She fantasises about them together. Following a second sighting she begins to purposely seek him out. In the background The Wolf is abducting young women and whilst Mia watches Flynn the watcher becomes the watched.
Random Attachment must have some of the most bizarre and creepy plot twists I’ve ever read in YA fiction, I can’t seem to get this story out of my head! It’s a slow burn of a book, which I love, but I raced through the last few chapters, needing to know what happens. All in all, this is such a cleverly written story and I enjoyed it a lot.
Mia is such a likeable character, I found myself rooting for her right from the start and the chemistry between her and Flynn was really cute and funny. For such a dark story, it had me laughing out loud a few times.
Did you ever read Point Horror books as a kid? This actually reminded me of those kind of books, apart from the adult content in Random Attachment. Sometimes I think there’s a fine line between young adult and adult fiction and for me, this book hits that line.
Content warning – This book contains graphic depictions of rape and sexual assault.
☆☆☆☆☆ 5 Stars
Thank you so much, Gertrude T Kitty for very kindly sending me Random Attachment.