Timebomb by Joelle Charbonneau


by Joelle Charbonneau

2 out of 5 stars


A congressman’s daughter who has to be perfect. A star quarterback with a secret. A guy who’s tired of being ignored. A clarinet player who’s done trying to fit in. An orphaned rebel who wants to teach someone a lesson. A guy who wants people to see him, not his religion.

They couldn’t be more different, but before the morning’s over, they’ll all be trapped in a school that’s been rocked by a bombing. When they hear that someone inside is the bomber, they’ll also be looking to one another for answers.



Timebomb was a book that originally was not even on my radar. I received it in the Once Upon a Book box. I went into it not knowing what to expect and without reading a synopsis.

When I read the first chapter I was put off. After all of the violence regarding schools I didn’t know if I really wanted to read a book revolving around that topic. Unfortunately, my opinion didn’t really improve throughout the book.

The biggest reason I had an issue with this book was the characters within it. They all felt very one dimensional. They were people fighting against stereotypes. But? There was nothing else that we learned about them. I couldn’t connect to any of the characters which is difficult for me. Charbonneau also chose to have one character virtually unconscious throughout the book, which seemed like an easy way out.

Overall, the book was quick and simple. Yet, I was not a fan. Charbonneau has some quick wit in parts of the book so I will probably pick up another of her books in the future.

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