Published by Disney Hyperion on 2014-04-08
Genres: contemporary, young adult
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Sophie Winters nearly died. Twice.
The first time, she's fourteen, and escapes a near-fatal car accident with scars, a bum leg, and an addiction to Oxy that'll take years to kick.
The second time, she's seventeen, and it's no accident. Sophie and her best friend Mina are confronted by a masked man in the woods. Sophie survives, but Mina is not so lucky. When the cops deem Mina's murder a drug deal gone wrong, casting partial blame on Sophie, no one will believe the truth: Sophie has been clean for months, and it was Mina who led her into the woods that night for a meeting shrouded in mystery.
After a forced stint in rehab, Sophie returns home to a chilly new reality. Mina's brother won't speak to her, her parents fear she'll relapse, old friends have become enemies, and Sophie has to learn how to live without her other half. To make matters worse, no one is looking in the right places and Sophie must search for Mina's murderer on her own. But with every step, Sophie comes closer to revealing all: about herself, about Mina and about the secret they shared.
I’m not great at gushing. I’m great at privately crying, curled up into a ball, shedding tears on my pillow. Which is pretty much what I did. This book is heartbreaking. Or at least it was for me.
It also covers a number of important issues facing teens today. Actually, not even just teens. Humanity in general. GLBTQ relationships. Healthy sex. Believing/not believing in God. Recovery from addiction. Losing a loved one. And I love the way all of it is handled.
This book is terrific in every way.
Okay, so I had a SMALLLLL issue with the way it wrapped up. I just thought the entire book was full of emotions and wholly unique, but when it came to the crime itself, it took sort of a generic thriller approach. It lost some of its spark. Not that it wasn’t interesting, because it was. It just wasn’t special.
Also, I figured out who the killer was very early on. It’s almost impossible to throw me for a loop when it comes to crime books these days though. I’ve read so many. I know the signs. It’s my job to assess your foreshadowing. Also, there just weren’t enough suspects.
But other than that, I just adored this book. It is possible my favorite book of the year thus far. It was an emotional experience. Love like the love presented in this book is a once in a lifetime thing. It’s messy, it’s never perfect, but it’s worth every second you spend with that person. And having them ripped from your arms like that…I can’t even fathom it.
How do you go on? Sophie has so many issues. She’s an addict and she’s far from a perfect person. But she’s loyal and committed to Mina and her brother. Their relationship dynamics…just WHOA. Were these people real or what? I haven’t been this connected to characters since Kirsten Hubbard’s Wanderlove.
This book could possible change your life, the way you think, the way you read. Don’t miss out. I have never been so glad to take a chance on a book before. There’s your pull quote. 😉
This book covers the “Featuring Recovery” square.