Author: Jennifer Castle
Release: September 6, 2011
- The story: I really appreciated the journey that Laurel went on during this book. After the death of her family, she struggled to figure out how to move on. It was a story of acceptance and appreciation, of looking into yourself and finding a way to cope with unexpected tragedies.
- Laurel and David: Honestly, I don't think of them separately. For some reason, I can only think of them as one, probably because of what they go through in the book. But I loved their relationship. It was weird and awkward but it made sense and they truly grew together. Although they were perfectly capable of being individuals, I felt much more relaxed when they were together because they provided support and a weird sense of normality for each other.
- Connections: What I liked best about this book, was the way Laurel connected everything in her life to her deceased family. A picture here or a toy there, everything reminded her of them. Her pain felt so much more real because she still remembered them and found them in every aspect of her life.
- Ending: The most important thing for Laurel to find was closure. And she did find it. She confronted the root of her problems right down to the core with the help of her family and friends. The way she did it was understandable, if not ethical.
- Balance: While I truly felt for Laurel and understood her position, I think the book needed more balance. It was quite a depressing, heartfelt read. With books like these, I like to have moments of happiness or the like to lighten the mood.
To Sum It Up
- Sincere story about loss, tragedy, and acceptance.
- Heartbreaking characters that support one another and the readers as well.
Thanks a bunch, Netgalley!
2011 YA Contemp Challenge: 13/13 THAT'S RIGHT. OWNED.