Review: Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak

Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication: June 26th 2018 by HarperTeen
Format: ARC (thank you, Harper!)

There are two monsters in this story. One of them is me.

Ask anyone in Winship, Maine, and they’ll tell you the summer camp Quinn’s family owns is a magical place. Paper wishes hang from the ceiling. Blueberries grow in the dead of winter. According to local legend, a sea monster even lurks off the coast. Mostly, there’s just a feeling that something extraordinary could happen there.

Like Quinn falling in love with her best friend, Dylan.

After the accident, the magic drained from Quinn’s life. Now Dylan is gone, the camp is a lonely place, and Quinn knows it’s her fault.

But the new boy in town, Alexander, doesn’t see her as the monster she believes herself to be. As Quinn lets herself open up again, she begins to understand the truth about love, loss, and monsters—real and imagined.


I really enjoyed this novel! WILD BLUE WONDER is whimsical yet sensitive, telling the story of Quinn, who believes she is responsible for the death of her best friend, Dylan, while also harboring feelings for the new boy in town, Alexander.

WILD BLUE WONDER tackles several themes – family, siblings, first love, new love, grief, and death. Even with these darker themes, Sorosiak is able to write so poetically that it simultaneously feels light and dark. This novel is written in a non-linear order, such that we read events leading up to Dylan’s death as well as the current state of events, including the development of Alexander and Quinn’s relationship and the rekindling of sibling love.

Sorosiak did an amazing job of character development in everyone we met in the novel – even secondary characters felt unique rather than generic. Quinn had a wonderful support system, including her friend Hana and her family, and it was nice to see her family coming together to move on.

Overall, I really enjoyed this novel! It has such mystical and light vibes, yet also tackles some tough topics, with which Sorosiak did a great job. If you enjoy novels that look into first loves, strong family and sibling bonds, and non-linear timelines, be sure to check out this novel!

Thank you to Harper for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


alice name.pngAlice is an 19 year old college student who loves the oxford comma, television shows, and the company of dogs. She finds writing in the third person odd yet enjoyable. You can find her scrolling through Twitter, Instagram, and forever organizing her shelves on Goodreads.


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5 thoughts on “Review: Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak

  1. Characters must feel like they come to life when I read a book or I’ll probably DNF. I love that you found this author’s characterization to be well done. I also like when authors tackle tough subjects and do it well. Thanks for the great review.


  2. I loved this book! And one of the things Sorosiak did so well, is exactly what you said – she balanced the dark and the light perfectly. Great review!


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