Publication Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Two seventeen year old, best friend girls; go out driving one night that changes their lives forever. There is a tragic car accident; the driver is fine spending only one night in the hospital, while her best friend in the passenger’s seat is left brain-dead. The driver has a mental health breakdown. While she is in the loony bin (her words not mine) she is repeatedly raped by one of the orderlies. Be prepared to have your heart ache for this kid. Once home, she shaves her head and becomes a literal recluse with extreme self-destructive behaviors. This goes on for a decade. However, after about three years she begins to make baby steps back to a healthier life style. Although, she will not nor cannot grow into the woman she thought she would become, she does find a way to heal.
The story is written beautifully, my average rating of only three stars is that the plot was predictable. Yes, the reader cheers on the poor girl hoping against hope that her soul will heal still, there is never any doubt that this will be the ultimate outcome of the character’s story. My other issue with the novel was that the teenager, now a young woman, found true love that helped along her healing process. It simply doesn’t always happen that way which is misleading to young female teens that I am sure will devour this book.
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