Title: Sucktown, Alaska
Author: Craig Dirkes
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult
Looking for a great adventure, eighteen-year-old Eddie Ashford stumbles into a job as a reporter in tiny Bethel, Alaska, a place so remote that bush planes and dog sleds are the only ways in or out. When the job and the place, which sits on the flat and desolate tundra and not in the stunning mountains he’d imagined, turn out to be disappointments, Eddie thinks maybe it’s time to bail. But three things tie him there: 1) Taylor, a girl who might be a little too pretty and a little too smart for him; 2) Finn, a new friend who is an all-around good dude but also happens to be a small-time pot dealer; and 3) Eddie’s empty wallet, which means he can’t afford to transport himself and his possessions back to civilization. Despite every good-guy instinct inside him, Eddie flirts with trouble as he tries to find a way home.
Source: Thanks so much to Capstone/Switch Press for providing me with an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley!
How I Found Out About It: Netgalley
Sucktown, Alaska was a good story. I liked a lot about it, but that’s not to say that it didn’t have its flaws, as well.
What attracted me to this book was probably the cover, as well as the setting. I had yet to read a book that takes place in Alaska, and I thought it would be super cool to learn about what it’s actually like there, rather than thinking about the snowy, igloo, parka, and husky stereotype every time the state is mentioned.
Basically, this book revolves around 18-year old Eddie, who has been kicked out of college and is looking for a job to fill his days with. Thus, he finds himself in a small town in Alaska as a reporter. But living and working in Alaska wasn’t everything he thought it would be- as he soon finds himself wanting out, and doing whatever’s possible to get himself back home.
I thought Eddie was an okay character, but nothing special. He seemed to be pretty discontent with his life, (which I totally understand considering his circumstances, by the way), but he just kept complaining non-stop and making decisions I couldn’t stand. I am usually one to put up with these types of characters, but I could just barely stand it this time. Eddie did develop quite a bit by the end of the story, I’ll give you that!👍
Taylor, the love interest, was pretty nice, though, and I found myself liking her a lot more than the protagonist. She seemed pretty open-minded and she often went with the flow, which I admire. I want to read some more about Taylor- a backstory or a novella about her would be great!
I did not really expect there to be so much profanity and mature themes when I requested this book- but low and behold, there was. This is just a warning for anyone who likes their books clean to maybe take a pass on this one!
All in all, I’d say that this book was just okay. I didn’t love love love it, but I absolutely didn’t hate it. I loved looking into what life is like in Alaska and meeting all the adorable dogs, but I just could barely stand Eddie. So, if you’re looking for a book taking place in Alaska with a cool writing style and don’t mind some profanity and mature themes, be sure to check out Sucktown, Alaska!
*I received a digital ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*