A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make - and the ultimate choice Mia commands.
©2009 Dutton Juvenile; (P)2009 Penguin
I couldn't stand the narrator. It was distracting how awful she was. I enjoyed the aspect of the book that related to the car crash and hospital, but the backstory of her musical career was excessive and boring.
I had a hard time getting into the story as I felt it very stereotypical because of the plot in itself -with the car accident and girl's out of body experience which are very easy plot lines that you can find written by any creative writing student- but also because of the use flashbacks and the way they are written. I usually am very fond of flashbacks and other literary devices to change the timeline of events but this didn't quite work for me. It was just too much told and not enough shown for my own liking.
But in the end, the performance made it worth it. There were times when the reader really got the emotion across through her voice and these moments were quite nice.
I would recommend this book, it is simply written but with great detail. The story line is well written and the author makes sure that it is simple to follow along this rocky life that the main character is living through.
Due to the plot of this book, you really only get to see the perspective of the main character. For that reason she is my favorite and well you learn that she is a very intellectual and mature.
If when you finish this book, you say to yourself I really enjoyed myself then you must read the continuation book. Where she went.
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