My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group
Publication Date: December 13th, 2016
Point of View: 1st Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 10+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Romance
Lily Bennett is less than thrilled to be the new kid as she starts her junior year in high school.
But soon after classes begin, she meets a classmate, Cole Drepeau, with whom she forms an immediate and intimate bond. As Cole and Lily grow closer, Lily learns about the murder that divided the town more than thirty years before. In 1985, graduating senior Amber Greeley snapped, killing her boyfriend Ben—Cole’s uncle—and taking her own life.
Lily feels inexplicably linked to Amber, and she can’t help but think that there’s more to the girl’s story. Determined to investigate the truth about Cole’s uncle’s death, Lily and Cole are pulled into a dark mystery—one that shakes the constraints of the world they’ve always believed in.
Masterfully told by best-selling author Victoria Laurie, this novel alternates voices between Lily and Amber, a generation apart, as decades of dark family secrets and treacherous betrayals are woven into the most epic of love stories.
I cannot bring myself to read past page one hundred.
You know, I think I’m just not a fan of this author’s young adult novels, because I did try to read ‘‘When’’ as well, a couple of months ago, and had to put it aside for similar reasons.
It’s just not very mature. The characters have this way too young voice that feels contrived more than anything else.
Oh and the insta-love. I don’t know anyone who likes insta-love, so it’s probably not a surprise for me to say that I prefer my books without it, but they don’t usually do more than annoy me.
But the insta-love in this made me cringe so, so, so much! Oh, why did I not highlight quotes?? There’s a scene in which the heroine sees her love interest and she is afraid to kiss him because she never has kissed any boy before and is afraid she’ll do it wrong.
And what does the boy confess about? THE SAME EXACT THING SHE WAS THINKING. And then the heroine is like, ‘‘oh the irony.’’ Boy was that not only eye-roll-worthy but also uncomfortable to read because of how fake it sounded!
But I’ll have to give it to the author for keeping my interest regardless of the abominable romance. I could have finished this book alive; and it’s not as if it would have driven me insane, but I decided to put a stop to my reading.
Just in case.
Haha, no but really, I wish the author would have moderated the amount of romance, because the mystery interested me enough.
Maybe this can please readers who are new to the contemporary YA genre and are quite young themselves, but otherwise I would not recommend it.
Follow me on: