by Julie Berry
Release Date: September 26, 2013
by Viking (an imprint of Penguin)
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*REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS*
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This book is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. It had such a unique writing style and story line. It was dark, haunting, disturbing, gritty, yet beautiful. You can tell, from the very first page, that this book is different. The story is told in second person, and the timeline keeps switching, past, present, past, present. It takes time for the history to unfold itself, but it never got boring. I wasn’t at all confused about the time changes because past was when Judith could talk, and present was when she couldn’t. It’s very hard to describe this book and the story line. It was certainly unique, but so much was going on, and there was never a boring part. The staging was phenomenal and there was always something we didn’t know, always something that kept us reading. The way the ending wrapped up the whole book was perfect, and it all made sense. I loved how in the end it kept switching from past to present really fast so we saw things unfolding right before the big revelation. There were no plot holes, no mistakes. And couldn’t believe that ending!
The unique pov, you would think, wouldn’t allow for much character growth. But Judith is such an amazing character! I really admire her because if I was in her situation, ridiculed by the whole town and shunned constantly, I wouldn’t be nearly as nice as she was. The way Judith handled her situation and was always kind to those who were mean to her made me respect her. I liked how, while she loved Lucas, she didn’t let it consume her and make her into a puppy with starcrossed eyes following her crush. She was able to separate her love and her life.
Lucas, I must say, is a very appealing character. Theirs is something so attractive about him and mysterious. He seems like such a nice guy, very caring and gentle. [SPOILER: I smiled so much at the end when (FINALLY) they got together! ]
The writing in this book was absolutely phenomenal and so impressive. I have never seen an author pull off a novel like this, and I can’t recommend it enough!