The Accident Season – Moira Fowley Doyle


Every October Cara and her family become inexplicably and unavoidably accident-prone. Some years it’s bad, and some years it’s just a lot of cuts and scrapes. This accident season–when Cara, her ex-stepbrother, Sam, and her best friend, Bea, are 17–is going to be a bad one. Cara is about to learn that not all the scars left by the accident season are physical: There’s a long-hidden family secret underneath the bumps and bruises. This is the year Cara will finally fall desperately in love, when she’ll start discovering the painful truth about the adults in her life, and when she’ll uncover the dark origins of the accident season–whether she’s ready or not.

“All witches keep their kisses in everyday objects, so that their hearts won’t break too often.”


This book was the VIBookcrate pick for the Fall Cosy Reads box. The accident season happens every October. Unexplained and frequent accidents happen to Cara and her family. There have been deaths, near drownings, cuts, broken bones and endless bruises. 

Cara, her sister, her best friend, and her ex-stepbrother come together in this most recent of accidents seasons afraid that is will the worst they have seen in years. This story is somewhat of a magical-realism paired with a coming of age story. The characters are exploring their realationships between each other – their parents and friends. They are challenging assumptions and trying to find the truth. It is not a light hearted story. There is a lot of pain, sadness and trauma. 

The relationship of Cara and Sam definitely made the story more interesting for me – I found the buildup between the two of them was well done and highly anticipated. Through the story there is a blurred line of reality and magic. As the reader you are kept unsure if the things that are occuring are actually happening. The images that are created through the writing are vivid and beautiful.

This is a young adult book but I would suggest it for older readers. There is sexual situations, abuse, and death.


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