Rating: 3.5 stars
Disclaimer: I was sent a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
*Rating: 3.5 stars*
“Whoever said that time heals all wounds didn’t know what he was talking about. Time dulls the wounds, makes them bearable. But it doesn’t patch you up and send you on your way, good as new.
I’m the only one who can make that happen. And it’s freaking hard.”
Do you guys ever read a book and come across a line that just sticks with you for whatever reason, and you’re like, “This is what I’m going to remember about this book. This beautifully sculpted, well-thought out, masterpiece of a sentence is going to stay with me”? No? Okay well maybe it’s just me. But this book was full of those moments for me. Kit Frick has a great way with words and I really enjoy her writing style. This is a huge compliment coming from me because I rag on writing alllllllll the time. Probably too much. But the writing of a book is so important. I don’t think it matters how planned out and intricate your plot is if your writing is all over the place. It can make or break a story. And Kit Frick really gets that.
I think the the way she sequenced the book really worked in her favor. In all honesty, I’m not sure that the story line would’ve been interesting enough to me to stay hooked until the end had it been in chronological order. I love YA books but really do not enjoy reading about teenage drama. I’m a contradiction, I know. Truth be told, I really kinda just kept reading to see why Ellory was so friendless senior year, and once I knew, I was pretty much over it. The last few pages dragged for me, because I’m not a huge sucker for all things happy ending. It wasn’t a bad read, honest. It just wasn’t super captivating for me. I love a good YA and I love books that really get into your mind but this book didn’t really make me think much.
So, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way… lets talk spoilers. (This is the part where you stop reading if you want to find out what happens for yourself. If this applies to you, skip on down to final thoughts)
I honestly saw the whole Ret stealing Matthius from Ellory thing coming. The back and forth way that this book is written makes it clear to the reader from the very beginning that there has been some big blow out between the four girls, and though it doesn’t say anything about Matthius having anything to do with it, I just saw it coming.
But I did not see Ret being dead coming. Not at first. Frick did a really good job building up to this and I’m impressed with her ability to surprise me because it doesn’t happen often. But here’s the thing. Once I saw this plot line rearing its ugly head around the corner, I literally rolled my eyes. I don’t really know why, but I am growing a serious distaste to these types of stories. I think it might have to do with the fact that its the same recycled, tired plot in every book: someone died. The main character feels immense guilt. Main character imagines that the deceased is still alive and readers are tricked into believing the same. Main character has some break through and realizes that the deceased is, in fact, deceased. Readers are let in on the secret. I’m overrrrrrrrr it yall. Over it. 212% done with this story line. Props to Frick for keeping me from guessing that this book was headed in that direction, but I really wish it didn’t have to end this way.
As far as characters go, I wasn’t super obsessed or connected with anyone, even Ellory, but I didn’t feel too far from her either. I was in highschool not too long ago and I know how cruel girls who are your “friends” can be. I know how quickly your best friend becomes your enemy. And I’m sad to admit that, but it’s the truth. It’s familiar, and I understood. I wasn’t mad at Ellory when she kept coming back to toxic friendships because she didn’t know how to let go.
It was an easy story to understand on some level, though it didn’t tug at my heart strings or keep me from putting the book down every once in a while. It was a nice read, and I enjoyed it well enough. I think that a book like this would be easier to connect to for a younger reader still in high school, or even middle school, but it’s certainly good for all YA enthusiasts.