Seven years ago, an innocent act by Rowan Slone turned her life into a nightmare. Since the age of 10 she's lived with the burden of her baby brother's death. Now she is 17 and all she wants to do is graduate high school, go to college, and escape the loveless family she has endured all these years - the same family that holds her responsible for his death. But no one holds her responsible more than herself. When long-time crush Mike Anderson invites her to the prom, suddenly her future looks brighter. Rowan's younger sister, Trina, however, is determined to ruin her new-found happiness, no matter the cost. And when Rowan discovers her mother's long-held secret, she finds herself teetering on the edge of an abyss. Can Rowan find the strength to move toward the future or is she doomed to dwell in the past?
©2013 Tracy Hewitt Meyer (P)2014 Tracy Hewitt Meyer
Oh mai gawd (is that an acceptable answer? If not, I'll go with, "Prepare to cry")
Mike Anderson. He put up with a lot of crap, but handled it in a way that made him someone I can really respect. I would love to read this story from his point of view.
I cried... while on a break at work. Without giving out spoilers... I wasn't expecting something to happen, so I was trying to calm myself down so I didn't have to worry about people asking questions.
I was given a copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
I've listened to audiobooks a lot, but this was my first time doing so using audible from my phone. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to use.
As for this book - I planned on listening to it throughout the week while I was driving to and from work. Yeah... that didn't work out. Once it began, I had a difficult time turning it off.
The main character, Rowan - a 17 year old high school junior, is living her life in constant guilt over the accidental death of her infant brother when she was 10 years old. She just wants to graduate high school, and go to a college far away from her family so she can move on with her life.
Between the actual story and the narrator, it was enthralling. Being able to use the audible app meant I could listen to it while I was at work - bad idea. Not only could I not turn it off, but I was unable to keep myself from bawling.
I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I agreed to review this book, and I'm glad I did. It was definitely a story that will stick with me.
I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
I liked this book but didn't love it because I don't feel like I was the target audience. Just as reading Seventeen magazine as an adult doesn't seem as good as reading it at age 14, the topics in this book seemed better suited to someone in middle or high school. [Since this is a Young Adult novel, that makes sense. I started reading YA when the Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games and Divergent series came out. Because those books were equally good for adults, I think I had a higher expectation for this YA novel, which probably isn't fair.]
The plot is about an extremely dysfunctional family with a 17 year old daughter as its protagonist and her baby brother's death as the inciting incident that propels the plot. All the family members appear unrelenting evil and to some extent out to get the protagonist. There is a twist but it wasn't hard to guess.
Other reviewers on Goodreads mentioned they didn't like the cadence of the narrator but I thought she accurately portrayed the cadence of a 17 year old girl. If you ever talk to a middle or high school girl, that is exactly how they sound. I was curious if the narrator was a teenager but it appears not as she has a Bachelor degree and is a professional actress according to her website.
Overall, the narration was superb and the book would be good for a middle or high school student that was okay with some mature content (cutting, pregnancy, rape accusation).
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