Review: Red Rover, Red Rover by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick

Red Rover, Red Rover by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I had seen this book floating around GR for a while now, and I finally got a chance to read it! I wasn’t too sure what to expect – I knew it had something to do with spies, but this is different than your normal espionage read.

Characters: Emily and Brent were great together – let’s just get that out of the way first. I really enjoyed that Emily was an average girl with average problems. (I enjoy the normal, “mundane” characters the most sometimes!) Watching Brent fumble his way through the coffee shop was humorous, but we all knew there was more than just a normal day at the cafe going on a few chapters in. I loved Emily always wanting Brent to pull out a super-spy gadget, and then he’d always tell her, “Movie stuff, Emily. Movie stuff.” So true! But Brent was pretty epic of a spy – I would’ve like to see a little bit more about him, but I guess that’s what the rest of the series is for. And the doctor guy … Aleksy. Cool dude! (Also, his name. I liked it.)

Setting/Writing Style/Plot: The writing was very straight-forward, and it totally worked with this type of book. It just felt casual and chill. And the setting? Very normal – see a theme here? But the plot … not so normal. Emily got dragged into a mess! (I also found Brent’s spy headquarters pretty fun.)

Moral/Theme: Not too much to say here. It was a short book, so there wasn’t a ton of room to develop the characters much or see much growth, but it would’ve been nice to see some sort of moral. Maybe I just totally missed it (highly possible), but this just seemed like a clean read, not really a Christian one. I think there were a few prayers, but that was about it.

Overall … this was fun. It wasn’t really thrilling, but it wasn’t boring, either. It worked really well as a relaxing story where my brain didn’t have to work too hard, and neither did my emotions! I’d be interested in reading the other books in this series sometime in the future!



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