Genre: YA Fiction
Publication Date: October 10, 2018
Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky… Where do I even start with this novel? *sigh* Let’s start with the basics and see where that takes us, shall we?
So what IS Mammoth? Well, Mammoth is a story of a plus-sized fashionista slash Paleo geek slash super amazing woman who kicks butt! Natalie receives a scholarship to become an intern at the most prestigious dig site. Everyday is a constant struggle for her to be Awesome Natalie…a facade she has created as a protection from the world and her own thoughts. While in her internship, she finds herself between a rock and a hard place (no pun intended 😅 Those dig jokes though *shaking my head*) When push comes to shove, will “Awesome” Natalie be able to keep up or will “Fat Nat” take over? Will “Your Perfect as You are” Natalie ever make an appearance?
Let’s talk about the characters for a second. I’ll leave Natalie for last since she is squeal worthy.
~ Firstly, Quinn. Simply put, Quinn is a huge piece of work! She didn’t have much character growth due to her increasing amount of backstabbing. She’s not exactly a hated character, but she’s definitely a troublemaker.
~ Then we have Mellie who adores crafts and genuinely just wants everyone to be happy and okay. Mellie is an adorable character that tries seeing the best in everyone and everything. She’s by far one of the most likeable characters in YA history!
~ My Sweet, Sassy, “I ain’t playin’ your rich kid games”, Cody. Cody starts off as a pretty nasty character. He doesn’t play around when the interns joke around or when they screw up. He’s all stern faces and grumpy mumbling. The reader soon comes to see Cody’s “true self” when Natalie uncovers his reasonings. (Another unintended pun? Oh joy you guys must be shaking your head in disgust at me!)
~ And last but definitely not least, there’s Natalie. There’s quite a bit I want to say about Natalie. A lot of the things she talks about and goes through, have reasoned in my own mind. But who doesn’t have thoughts of not being worthy? Of seeing someone “better” than you and feeling inferior? Natalie is realistic beyond compare. Not many novels portray the heroine as a plus size character and they NEVER allow her to be her geeky self working her way to acceptable of herself. Honesty, her character development is astounding! Bit by bit, the reader dives deeper into the real, unaltered version of Natalie. The version kept off camera and away from society. But through time, her armour is chipped and washing away. Natalie is a character that this world of words has needed for a very long time.
Next up is a bit of a bummer. I immensely adored reading Mammoth for review. My one true critic is this: the F bomb. Why was it used so often and so randomly? Coming from someone who doesn’t use swear words, this came off as a bit of a turn off. The use of the terminology had no logical reason most of the time, and added nothing to the storyline. It’s an unnecessary filler word 98% of the time. It almost felt like Baguchinsky grabbed a bunch of F bombs and just threw them down onto the novel, writing them in wherever they landed. Like when you break glass and have to find all of the shards, but in this case, the shards are words and aren’t clean up. Did that make sense? In my mind, that illustration fit really well….but that may not be the best way of explaining it.
There truly is a lot that can be said about this novel. Call is a Mammoth sized amount of adoration if you will. This novel was super cute and was a fast read (see: I read this in less than a day with no shame.) Jill Baguchinsky and Turner Publishing, if you’re reading this, will there be a book 2? I NEED a book 2! If there’s a book 2, may I read it as well? Haha but in all seriousness, every single one of you should grab a copy of Mammoth when it’s released on October 10, 2018. If I remember correctly from scrolling through Baguchinsky’s Instagram account, there’s some amazing preorder deal if you want to order a copy now (which you should!)
Slight trigger warning: There’s one scence, very short, nicely done, nothing super major or anything…but it does portray one character getting a bit friendly even after being told no. Again, it’s a very small scene and only talks about him kissing after being told no. Just stating this as a heads up for a few of you in the back. Yeah, I still see you guys!
Would I recommend this novel to others? Hmm…did you read my above review? You did? Oh cool…then you should know by now that I absolutely would recommend this novel! I’ll even go as far as saying I’ll give it all the stars *throws stars around like confetti raining down on a mammoth skull* I totally dig this novel, and I bet you would too! (haha I promise that’s the last one.) So what are you waiting for? Treat yo self and get a copy! You won’t regret it!
Signing off because this Fossil of a human needs some sleep…(okay THAT was the last one 😅)