3 out of 5 stars
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Alejandra Mejia and Isabella Checon are two ordinary teens with vastly different personalities and best friends forever. While their opposing social statuses separate them during the school day, they remain loyal through thick and thin. When Alex suddenly starts manifesting superhuman strength, Izzy supports her–even when that unexpected gift threatens to get Alex in dire trouble.
When the anger of betrayal causes Alex to put another teen in the hospital, Izzy is right there to save her friend as the getaway driver. But what started as a schoolyard spat quickly turns into the chase of a lifetime. As two unidentified organizations set their sights on the superpowered teen, Alex and Izzy must escape and decide what’s truly worth fighting for.
Join the exciting chase in Alex and Izzy Save the World by Elle Zhee. I enjoyed the fast-paced action and entertaining banter that kept this young adult novel edgy yet lighthearted. My favorite aspects of the book were the themes of friendship and being true to yourself. Alex and Izzy were loyal friends, and I enjoyed seeing how they stuck together throughout each challenge presented. Alex struggled with being herself, often hiding behind a facade of vanity to maintain her popularity. It was good to see her gain confidence as Izzy’s always-be-yourself attitude rubbed off on her. The two friends made a great team. I loved watching them as they discovered the truth about their futures and learned life lessons.
While the book has enormous potential, I noticed a few things that diminished my enjoyment of the story. First, it was difficult to determine the characters’ motives and what made them tick. Throughout the first half, I wasn’t sure what the stakes were, and it was unclear why the two groups were chasing after the teens. Many morally gray actions and decisions also made it hard to determine which side (if any) the girls should choose. Second, I found the narrative jarring as it frequently switched verb tenses. The author would set a scene in the past tense before switching to present-tense dialogue tags. The tense changes were confusing, especially in flashbacks, and disrupted the flow.
Overall, the novel’s conclusion was satisfying and set up the possibility for future Alex and Izzy adventures. Still, I wished there had been additional developmental editing to make this book truly shine. There weren’t many proofreading errors, but some readers may not enjoy the writing style. I rate Alex and Izzy Save the World three out of five stars for creative potential despite the less-than-smooth delivery.
This book targets readers aged 12-18, but I would recommend it to readers 15 and up. One scene pains underage drinking in a positive light during a coming-of-age ceremony, and there is occasionally shocking violence. Non-borderline swearing also exists infrequently throughout the novel.
Alex and Izzy Save the World
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