by Lisa Schroeder
Release Date: January 1, 2013
by Simon Pulse (an imprint of Simon & Schuster)
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*A copy was provided by Simon & Schuster for review purposes*
This was a very…interesting read. Sad, and very interesting. First off, Schroeder’s writing is absolutely beautiful. It sucked me right in from literally line one. The setting and situation for this novel is heartbreaking. There need to be more books out there dealing with serious, sometimes depressing, issues, and I think that this book is a perfect story for that category, as far as the story line and writing goes. The characters weren't very good.. However, Schroeder decided to tackle a big subject, and pulled it off perfectly. The story line was absolutely amazing, and the events flowed together perfectly. The way Schroeder wrote this book was she would switch between present and past, and in the present the main character, Rae, is in a difficult situation (not gonna say what), and that adds a bit of mystery as we try and figure out how she got where she is. And also, I’m so glad that this book had a happy ending. The ending was crazy, thrilling, chaotic, but so good.
I will admit, there were a few times during this book that I wanted to scream at Rae for being weak and giving in, but then I realized that, given the situation that she was in, she really couldn’t do anything else. So, by the end of this book, I thought Rae was a decent character. Still not the strongest I’ve ever read, but decent. She did have to be mentally tough to deal with her situation, but I was also kind of annoyed with her when it came to her love life. She kept on giving hints to one guy, and driving away another, and that kind of annoyed me. And of course you have the love interests, Nathan and Leo. I’m not going to go into their characters because I don’t want to give away spoilers, but I will say that I am Team Leo.
All in all, this book took on a big, difficult issue, and while I don’t think it was amazing, I think it was decent. What really threw me off was the romance and the fact that Rae was a bit annoying.
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