REVIEW: The Name On Your Wrist by Helen Hiorns

The Name On Your Wrist by Helen Hiorns
Published by Random House Children's Publishers UK on 24th July 2013
Pages: 272
Source: *Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

It’s the first thing they teach you when you start school. But they don’t need to; your parents tell you when you’re first learning how to say your name. It’s drummed into you whilst you’re taking your first stumbling steps. It’s your lullaby. From the moment it first appears, you don’t tell anyone the name on your wrist.

In Corin's world, your carpinomen - the name of your soul mate, marked indelibly on your wrist from the age of two or three - is everything. It's your most preciously guarded secret; a piece of knowledge that can give another person ultimate power over you. People spend years, even decades, searching for the one they're supposed to be with.

But what if you never find that person? Or you do, but you just don't love them? What if you fall for someone else - someone other than the name on your wrist?

And what if - like Corin - the last thing in the world you want is to be found?
The cover is simple however clearly highlights the main aspect of this novel; the colours are bright resulting in them clearly standing out.

From the moment the name appears on their wrist, they are instructed to never reveal it to their family or friends. They are to never take of the wrist guard bound around their wrists until they find their 'solo-mate'. Corin finds out the truths about those around her and builds a new friendship with someone she never thought she would; he has the most common name, she has the least.

Corin was a character whom I strongly disliked, it was incredibly difficult to connect with a person whom had a negative perspective on everything. She continuously assumed people hated her, so didn't interact with them. She anticipated people would feel sorry for her meaning I perceived her to be the attention-seeking-sister. She continuously spoke negatively about her sister and basically care about anyone around her. She is selfish. Colton however was an interesting character, his family relationships is a very interesting twist and he was someone who I found I needed to learn more about; he was mysterious.

The concept and the plot of this novel was incredibly intriguing, unique and imaginative, I had never heard of anything like it. However, I found myself disappointed, it was incredibly hard to get into as I felt the beginning was very slow. As I read on I felt the story going nowhere, there was no twists or meaningful events that occurred with some aspects feeling random, as if they don't need to be there.

Overall this novel had an intriguing plot, however it just didn't work for me.

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