Tilly in Technicolor

Posted August 18, 2023 by Carole in Reviews / 9 Comments

I received this book for free from the Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Tilly in TechnicolorTilly in Technicolor by Mazey Eddings
Narrator: Justis Bolding, Chris Nelson
Published by Recorded Books, Wednesday Books on August 15, 2023
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Length: 9 hours 33 minutes
Pages: 320
Format: ARC, Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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Tilly in Technicolor is Mazey Eddings's sparkling YA debut about two neurodivergent teens who form a connection over the course of a summer.

Tilly Twomley is desperate for change. White-knuckling her way through high school with flawed executive functioning has left her burnt out and ready to start fresh. Working as an intern for her perfect older sister’s start up isn’t exactly how Tilly wants to spend her summer, but the required travel around Europe promises a much-needed change of scenery as she plans for her future. The problem is, Tilly has no idea what she wants.

Oliver Clark knows exactly what he wants. His autism has often made it hard for him to form relationships with others, but his love of color theory and design allows him to feel deeply connected to the world around him. Plus, he has everything he needs: a best friend that gets him, placement into a prestigious design program, and a summer internship to build his resume. Everything is going as planned. That is, of course, until he suffers through the most disastrous international flight of his life, all turmoil stemming from lively and exasperating Tilly. Oliver is forced to spend the summer with a girl that couldn’t be more his opposite—feeling things for her he can’t quite name—and starts to wonder if maybe he doesn’t have everything figured out after all.

As the duo’s neurodiverse connection grows, they learn that some of the best parts of life can’t be planned, and are forced to figure out what that means as their disastrously wonderful summer comes to an end.

Mazey Eddings is quickly becoming a favorite author! I have enjoyed her adult titles and was excited to read this new YA novel. I am proud to report that this book was just as good as I had hoped it would be! I knew that I was going to have a great time with this book when I found myself laughing out loud during the first 30 minutes of listening. I think the smile I had may have stayed on my face until the very end of the story.

Tilly and Oliver were wonderful characters who seemed destined to find each other. There were a few scenes that made me laugh and other moments that touched my heart. Tilly has ADHD and her family doesn’t always help support her in the best way even though they do care for her. Oliver has dealt with autism which can make it hard to make connections with others. I thought that the author did a phenomenal job of illustrating exactly what these two neurodivergent teens go through on a daily basis and I loved how they saw each other.

I listened to the audiobook and thought that Justis Bolding and Chris Nelson did a great job with the story. I liked the way that they were both able to bring these wonderful characters to life through their narrator. I feel like their voices complemented each other’s very well and I found both to be very pleasant. I liked that they were both able to add just the right amount of emotion to their reading. I do believe that their narration added to my overall enjoyment.

I would recommend this book to others. These characters quickly worked their way into my heart and I found the story to be incredibly entertaining. I cannot wait to read more of this talented author’s work!

I received a review copy of this book from Wednesday Books and Recorded Books, Inc.

9 responses to “Tilly in Technicolor

  1. I love that this book appears to have good rep of mental health issues and struggles. Glad you enjoyed it! I recently read an adult romance which had a MC with dyslexia and it was done so well. Nice review!

  2. I am kicking myself for passing on this ARC (I had too many for this month). All I am reading are raves. I am not surprised because like you, I adored Eddings adult books.

  3. Tilly and Oliver’s journey, along with the way the author sensitively portrays their neurodivergent experiences, sounds genuinely heartwarming. The audiobook narration also seems to have added more depth to the story, enhancing the overall experience. Thanks for sharing your thoughts—I’m definitely adding this book to my reading list!

  4. I’ve never heard of this author and don’t read much YA anymore but I love the sound of this one dealing with neurodivergent issues interests me and I love it when a book makes me laugh. I’ll check this out.

  5. I’m not a big fan of YA romance but I love the sound of the characters in this one. I really like the that the two main characters are portrayed with sensitivity.