Published by Sourcebooks Fire on November 3rd 2015
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A suicide pact was supposed to keep them together, but a broken promise tore them apart
Allie is devastated when her older sister commits suicide - and not just because she misses her. Allie feels betrayed. The two made a pact that they'd always be together, in life, and in death, but Leah broke her promise and Allie needs to know why.
Her parents hover. Her friends try to support her. And Nick, sweet Nick, keeps calling and flirting. Their sympathy only intensifies her grief.
But the more she clings to Leah, the more secrets surface. Allie's not sure which is more distressing: discovering the truth behind her sister's death or facing her new reality without her.
This book was a good read. I enjoyed it. It had some heavy themes though and that can be difficult to get right. Teen suicide is becoming an epidemic. This book is an important read because it shows how this tragedy affects those who are left behind.
Five reasons I liked this book
- I liked that this book showed a realistic view of mental illness, without judgement.
- I liked that the characters in this book weren’t perfect. I’m a sucker for flawed characters.
- I liked the slow build of this novel. Things were slowly revealed and the entire picture of Allie and her sister’s relationship was revealed through it.
- I liked how this book handled grief. Everyone in the book is grieving and grief looks different to everyone.
- I liked how this book ended with hope. A story this heavy should have a hopeful ending.
Five issues I had with it
- This book just didn’t grab me. Its such a subjective thing but I didn’t get caught up in it. I just powered through til it was over.
- I found all the drinking and drug use to be off putting.
- I didn’t like any of the guys in this book. There was no one male character that I hoped Allie ended up with.
- Allie’s parents were both terrible and they never got better.
- Art was a huge part of this book, colors especially. Its very hard to describe art and color in a book. I felt like I missed much of what the author was trying to describe. It was just too visual a subject for me to understand in print.
This one was ok, but it wasn’t a home run for me. What did you think?