The Harper Effect, a book review


Title: The Harper Effect
by: Taryn Bashford
Publisher: Pan MacMillan Australia

Harper Hunter doesn’t know how it came to this.
Her tennis dreams are collapsing: her coach says she doesn’t have what it takes to make it in the world of professional tennis.
Her new doubles partner is moody, mysterious and angry at the world. What is he hiding?
She is in love with Jacob, but he is her sister’s boyfriend. Or, he was. Harper could never betray Aria with Jacob … could she?
As Harper’s heart and dreams pull her in different directions, she has to figure out exactly what she wants. And just how hard she’s willing to fight to get it.

There are some books you need to read a second time, or a third, not because you didn’t understand it, but because you want to be immersed in that world again, and you want to bask in the emotions of how it made you feel. The Harper Effect is that book.

Author, Taryn Bashford’s evocative wordsmithing in The Harper Effect reads like she is conducting a word orchestra, who then play a magnificent symphony of sentences that flow with a mesmerising energy, making you believe in the magical powers of written text that takes you on an emotive, amazing journey, totally absorbing you into the pages until you exist inside them with the characters.

The Harper Effect rallies around Harper Hunter, an up and coming professional tennis player whose world is in perfect order and flowing, according to a plan that was carved when she was young, until, her coach utters the devastating words, “You’re not good enough” and ditches her. Her dreams are shattered, and she begrudgingly agrees to compete in double tournaments instead of the elite singles tournaments. As things go from bad to worse, Harper crosses paths the formidable Colt Quinn, where they instantly clash in a world of privileged girl vs unprivileged boy. And this is where the story becomes totally addictive as Harper’s world becomes shaken, stirred, upended, swallowed and spat out.

The Harper Effect is an absolute must read, and one I cannot recommend highly enough. It’s a story of childhood connections and memories, of emotional turmoil, of regret, of bad choices, of growing up and becoming your own person, to reconnecting and finding that place of healing. This book has it all. You may even find a piece of Harper Hunter in yourself.

Purchase a copy:

Title: The Harper Effect
by: Taryn Bashford
Publisher: Pan MacMillan Australia

ISBN: 9781760552091
Format: Paperback
Pub Date: 27/12/2017
Category: Children’s, Teenage & educational / General fiction (Children’s / Teenage)
Teenage & Young Adult Fiction / Young Adult
Imprint: Pan Australia
Pages: 384

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
(Dip T, B. Ed, Author, Illustrator, Tea Ninja, Cadbury Chocolate Annihilator)

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