Author: Elizabeth ScottRelease: May 24, 2011Publisher: Simon Pulse
- The issues tackled in this book are very realistic and important. Race, sexuality, medical conditions, and most prominently, low self esteem. It's interesting to see how these different factors of life affect people.
- Scott's writing style is easy to get into. It sounds like the voice in my head.
- Eli, the love interest, is a very well rounded character to me. He has the looks but once you get to know him, his looks don't even matter any more. As a person, he's been through a lot and it shows. He's sweet and caring. Self-concious too because of his personal issues, which just makes him more real.
- Although the main character in this book is Abby, the plot really focused on her sister, Tess, who is in a coma. The plot unfolds as Abby begins to learn more about the sister she thought was perfect. The secrets we learn about Tess are sometimes shocking and sometimes sad. I liked her part in the novel though. For a character in a coma, she really got to me.
- Abby, the main character has very low self esteem. It was a major issue throughout the book and by the end, she doesn't totally overcome it but she does begin to improve.
- Abby, the main character, just...jeez, I couldn't connect with her at all. She was just so oblivious to everything around her. Eli is obviously interested in her and he makes it very clear. He focuses on her, only her, not her sister Tess. He twists conversation and aims them at Abby. And yet she thinks that he's only there for Tess. Get a clue, dude! And she complained a lot! It was quite annoying. As was her low self esteem.
- I found that while Scott's writing was enjoyable, she sometimes did more telling than showing. She would write out, point blank, some of the most obvious things.
- It's quite a depressing read. I don't think I actually ever smiled or felt happy while reading. I understand that it's a book about major issues that are supposed to be sad. But as a book that deals with such intense and emotionally draining topics, I think there need to be points of happiness and light.
To Sum It Up
- Interesting, thought provoking issues are raised.
- Main character is unbelievably oblivious at times, making for a sometimes tedious read.