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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (Aug. 14 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763656976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763656973
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 23 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Blink & Caution is a thrill ride to the end - suspenseful, heart-pounding, and with no mercy for the tenderhearted."
- Rita Williams-Garcia — Quote

"Noir crime suspense that’s terrifying and authentic, and also that rare thing: deeply, intensely moving. Don’t miss reading this one."
- Nancy Werlin — Quote

"Blink & Caution is a thriller and it’s a love story - the first love story I’ve ever written, really. And it’s also a story about following something that grabs you right to the end. It’s about making a move to make something bad end - taking that first brave step towards changing your life. Where will it take you? Well, that’s the story."
- Tim Wynne-Jones — Quote

About the Author

Tim Wynne-Jones is an award-winning writer of numerous YA novels, including The Uninvited. He lives in Ontario.

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Format: Hardcover
BLINK & CAUTION is the tale of two streets kids. Brent (Blink) and Kitty (Caution) both have back stories that have them on the run. When their paths cross, they work together to overcome the odds against them.

Blink was simply looking for a free breakfast when he took the elevator to the sixteenth floor of the hotel. It looked like there would be easy pickings from the half-eaten remains left on trays set outside the rooms. When he actually enters a room to investigate some odd behavior displayed by the exiting guests, he realizes he has witnessed a possible kidnapping. Once inside the room, Blink discovers a wallet filled with cash and a cell phone that reveals the kidnapped may not be the victim he assumed.

Having some ready cash is a welcome surprise, but the more Blink learns about the situation, the more nervous he becomes. His nerves prompt him to check out the cell phone more carefully. He actually contacts the "kidnap" victim's daughter in an attempt to reassure her that her father has not been harmed. That contact is one Blink soon comes to regret.

Caution has been living on the street and, more recently, with a drug dealer named Merlin. Attempting to run from a tragedy from her past, Caution is fully aware that she harbors a death wish, but at the same time she looks at death as an easy escape from the much harsher punishment that her guilt insists she deserves.

Caution is on the run after a fight with Merlin that ended in her discovery of his drug money stash. She can't believe they've been practically starving to death when he has had thousands of dollars hidden away. Anger and fear motivate Caution to grab the money and run.

Fate works to bring Blink and Caution together in the train station.
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By Voyageur on July 17 2011
Format: Hardcover
It is not often that I read gritty realism like this, but I found the characters and the storyline engaging. The style of the writing was what appealed to me the most and has turned me into a want to read more Wynne-Jones fan. The description, use of literary devices and the end note had a powerful impact. It is not a book for the faint of heart or for those who may not want to read street kid stuff and the issues of family, but it was hard to put down and definitely a read that leaves a lasting impression.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An OK YA Thriller June 2 2012
By Nicola Mansfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Reason for Reading: I've always wanted to read this Canadian author but I've never got around to it. I just recently heard he'd been awarded the Order of Canada and thought it was time I read him and had this book on hand.

A fairly decent book, not really my usual thing as it deals with two runaway teens. One from a dysfunctional family, the other running from a life-changing event that is easy to guess, revealed too soon and would have been a better plot point if it had been kept as a secret to shock later in the book. The plot is quite interesting and the teens are well developed, both, though having problems, are likable from the beginning and the reader is invested in their well being. A tight crime thriller for this age group that mainly keeps the plot together though their are a few holes. I especially wondered why Alyson, as a character was left dangling. The thing that most annoyed me about this book though was that part of it is written in the second person. Chapters alternate between Blink & Caution's stories. Caution's tale is told in the third person, but Blink's is in the second person. The continual referral to you are doing this and you are thinking that was extremely annoying to me and I kept wondering *who* was talking to Blink and telling him/us his story. It is never explained and I, personally, do not like the literary device at all. However, a decent YA thriller. I will try another of the author's books ,having one more on my shelves, but I am in no rush.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fast-paced and Addicting! March 20 2011
By Lauren - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
After I read Tim Wynne- Jones' The Uninvited a couple of years ago, I've been looking forward to reading more by him, so when Blink & Caution landed on my radar, I jumped at the first chance I got to read it. Luckily enough, Blink & Caution is a thrilling and suspenseful novel about two teen runaways and the challenges they face.

Blink and Caution have both been living the hard life for the past year. For Blink that means roughing it on the streets, looking for the next way to get a quick, free meal and a place to stay, because after everything that happened at his home, he knows he's never going back. On the other side of town, Caution has been living with her sleazy, controlling, and drug dealing boyfriend, hoping that one day, she'll face enough pain to forget what happened when she was fifteen, the year she ran away from everyone and everything. Though, one day everything changes, Caution leaves her boyfriend once and for all, and Blink stumbles into a fake kidnapping. Now on the run, both of them are soon to find that there's even more surprises in store for them- one that may even land them in each others arms.

One of the most rewarding aspects in this novel was the rich and likable characters Tim had in Caution and Blink. Both are characters that you can't help but root for, especially when you find out about all the pain and suffering they've faced in the past. With that, I liked them even better when they finally found in each other in the story, because with each other, they discover a lot about themselves and each other and gain courage to speak up for themselves. Also, the adventures they have are priceless.

Adding to this, I loved the plot. I thought Tim did a great job of accurately describing the lives of two runaway teens, and what I liked even more was that he never sugar coated anything, instead he gave you a honest view about two very different teens. Further more, the way he tied in the fake-kidnapping mystery worked perfectly not only in the way it brought together they characters but it forever left the reader guessing about what would happen, especially within those last few chapters.

The only aspect of this novel I wasn't two found of was the way Tim brought you Blink and Caution's story. You see, while Caution's part is told in third person, Blink's is told in second person, and I found that to be a little odd and hard to into at times.

Lastly, at the core of this novel, Tim Wynne-Jones provokes some interesting questions and ideas, ones that I'm sure will lead to many conversations off page.

In all, Blink & Caution is an honest and addicting portrayal of two very different teens and the accidents that tie them together. Highly recommended.

Grade: B+
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
riveting and original Oct. 26 2011
By K. N. Tipper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Tim Wynne-Jones delivers a fantastic and complex tale that blends and then merges the adventures of two very different, but equally damaged teen protagonists. The characters are fully realized, and the plot moves at a breath-taking and engaging pace. I really loved this book!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Courtesy of Teens Read Too Aug. 5 2011
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
BLINK & CAUTION is the tale of two streets kids. Brent (Blink) and Kitty (Caution) both have back stories that have them on the run. When their paths cross, they work together to overcome the odds against them.

Blink was simply looking for a free breakfast when he took the elevator to the sixteenth floor of the hotel. It looked like there would be easy pickings from the half-eaten remains left on trays set outside the rooms. When he actually enters a room to investigate some odd behavior displayed by the exiting guests, he realizes he has witnessed a possible kidnapping. Once inside the room, Blink discovers a wallet filled with cash and a cell phone that reveals the kidnapped may not be the victim he assumed.

Having some ready cash is a welcome surprise, but the more Blink learns about the situation, the more nervous he becomes. His nerves prompt him to check out the cell phone more carefully. He actually contacts the "kidnap" victim's daughter in an attempt to reassure her that her father has not been harmed. That contact is one Blink soon comes to regret.

Caution has been living on the street and, more recently, with a drug dealer named Merlin. Attempting to run from a tragedy from her past, Caution is fully aware that she harbors a death wish, but at the same time she looks at death as an easy escape from the much harsher punishment that her guilt insists she deserves.

Caution is on the run after a fight with Merlin that ended in her discovery of his drug money stash. She can't believe they've been practically starving to death when he has had thousands of dollars hidden away. Anger and fear motivate Caution to grab the money and run.

Fate works to bring Blink and Caution together in the train station. After a bumpy first meeting, the two join forces to help each other. Caution provides the street smarts lacking in the naive Blink, and he supplies the funds to sustain their cause. As time passes, the two begin to trust one another with secrets as well as friendship.

Award-winning author Tim Wynne-Jones takes readers on an adventure with two young people living by their wits as they try to survive, and at the same time right a wrong. It is a story with twists and turns and definitely not for the faint-hearted.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Lisa the Nerd's Review April 2 2011
By Lisa Schensted - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
in a sentence or so: Caution is on the run from her abusive boyfriend and a past that hurts her more and more every day. Blink stumbled into a kidnapping while stealing breakfast from a hotel and is running towards the mystery. their paths will cross and their lives will change.

Blink is 16 and homeless. he's out nabbing breakfast from a hotel hallway one morning when he sees a kidnapping. only it isn't what he expected a kidnapping to look like. for instance, the man being taken seemed to be running the show. and he left his wallet and cell phone in the bloodless, yet obviously set up to look like a struggle, room. as Blink is trying to process this scene, the cell phone rings. it's the kidnapped man's daughter...and she's quite a looker. maybe it wouldn't hurt for him to pick it up and tell her what he knows...or thinks he knows...

Caution is 16 and living with a man named Merlin. now, while he has an incredibly awesome name, Merlin is no one to be a fan of. emotionally and physically abusive and using Caution as a drug mule, Merlin is your definition of scumbag. Caution ends up leaving him, but quite by accident really. once she's out the door, she realizes it's exactly what she needed...but she can't get away. Merlin knows where she is and will not be made a fool. plus, she stole his huge cash stash...so he's got more than enough motive to hunt her down.

Caution meets Blink when she scams him at the train station. she sees this clearly vulnerable boy with a nervous tick who's packing some serious cash. since her money is gone, she's in need of a little padding. all Blink sees an overly chatty girl with a bright blue jacket who just wants to have breakfast with him. Caution's conscience gets the better of her and they end up on the journey to unravel the bizarre kidnapping together.

Blink - who's real name is Brent - is told in second person. i thought initially that was to indicate mental illness, but i don't think that's what the author was getting at. not truly, anyway. Blink has a crappy past that's led him to a life on the street, but he has his wits about him. he's rough, he's hurt, and you pick up pieces of his past along the way.

Caution - who's real name is Kitty - grew up happy. like, storybook happy. but then she caused something so tragic and painful that wounded herself so deeply she feels unworthy of any kind of love.

the chapters alternated characters, which creates a parallel path of discovery before they unite in common purpose. you see where they came from before they come together and start anticipating what might happen when they do finally connect. they both pack so much grief and hurt independently, you'd think that together they would be overwhelmed. you'd be wrong (i was). they grow out of their grief together. they realize that it takes another person to truly invest in us to grow and remember that we deserve to love and be loved. they realize they need each other if Blink is going to get back to being Brent and Caution is going to get back to being Kitty.

i rooted for Blink and Caution independently, and even more so as a team. without being mushy or heavy handed, the read is blunt and says exactly what it means to say. we get the inner monologue of both characters, which is always nice, but there's also a creepy mystery driving the plot along.

at the core, this read was about love. Blink is so desperate for love you'd cringe if he weren't so endearingly unaware of it. Caution feels unworthy of love and can't imagine deserving anything but hurt, but is clearly a caring, thoughtful, and bright girl. their hurt was so tangible for me, which made me root for their own self-acceptance and openness to love all the more. Brent and Kitty will stick with me for a long time.

fave quotes (i usually do one, but since there are two narrators, it made sense to do two okay?):

"The goodness of people, the badness of people. She feels like some plaything of the angels: the kind ones and the fallen." (Caution: 128)

"You moan and twist and jerk, because what does he know about hurt? You are hurt - mightily injured. Not by this hold on you, but by life with its never-ending snares and pitfalls and dire consequences." (Blink: 237)

fix er up: the final resolution was a bit too neat and tidy. it was brief, yet fitting...but i wanted more. a nit-pick, i realize, but there you have it.


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