How did I get it?:
I bought it!
Record a voice and it lasts forever…
In 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. He talks about his mother’s death, about his dreams, about his love for a new girl at school who doesn’t even know he exists.
In 2013, Ameliah moves in with her grandmother after her parents die. There, she finds a tape in the spare room. A tape with a boy’s voice on it – a voice she can’t quite hear, but which seems to be speaking to her.
Ryan and Ameliah are connected by more than just a tape.
This is their story.
I’m trying to think how I can even begin to review this book. It was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I loved the cover, I adored the synopsis, I was ready to get stuck in and be blown away, but unfortunately I wasn’t. I found myself confused by the story, and the lack of speech marks in the text really began to grate on me as well. If you can get past swapping from past to present and lack of speech marks, then I think you could potentially really enjoy this book. I know I kept on reading, because I really wanted it to get better and me to connect to it. Perhaps, it just wasn’t the book for me though.
Tape is told from dual narratives. The reader learns about Ryan in 1993, who has lost his mother. His father has remarried to a lovely lady, but he has a terrible stepbrother. Ryan records tapes to his mum, to help him grieve. The reader also learns about Ameliah, 20 years later in 2003. Ameliah has lost both of her parents and now lives with her grandmother. Whilst going through her parents belongings she finds some tapes, Ameliah begins to listen to them. She connects with a voice on one of the tapes and begins to wonder, just who she is listening to.
It took me a long time to get into this book. I had no idea what was going on and the pace was incredibly slow. Once I had pushed past that and began to understand the characters a little more, I enjoyed it a lot more. I read it quickly, but I think this is because I wasn’t sure I’d still follow the story if I put it down. I had guessed who Ryan was before it was revealed, but that didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the story.
Would I recommend it?:
It’s not for me!- I don’t mean to sound overly negative about Tape. I did finish the book, and I thought the writing was straight-forward, but my overall opinion is… my expectations were too high, the story was too basic and the pace was too slow for me to really rave about it.