Apparently the previous reviewer and I did not read the same book. This book was ridiculous (in a bad way).
It shouldn't be too hard to susp..Show More »end disbelief with sci fi/speculative fiction/whatever you want to call it, but I couldn't.
The premise was absurd: teens doing hard-core role play as the dead child of whatever family they've been assigned to, so the parents can gain "closure" (in a couple of days). But the parents are supposed to alternately believe the "closer" is their kid but also realize they are not. Further absurdity ensues in that the closer is in danger of literally forgetting who s/he is from this immersion into the dead person's life for a couple of days. Please. The author tries to get us to buy this premise--this extreme danger to the closure by making up a bunch of rules the closers have to follow (e.g., one assignment a month) and telling us of others who have completely forgotten who they are, and constantly shoving it down the reader's throat to try to convince us. But I wasn't buying it.
I enjoyed the author's previous books, and this one was well written with an interesting storyline, characters, good audio narrator, so I kept listening. But always in the back of my mind was the thought of many different things that the author could have done to make this book work, which led to thoughts of "Uh, didn't her beta readers think this was silly? Didn't her editor say, 'well, why don't you try X instead?'"
Not sure why I'm bashing this one so hard when I really should have tried to save people from Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch, because that one was one of the worst I've ever listened to--to the point I had contempt for the author for writing such tripe and the publisher for publishing it and didn't want to spend another 30 minutes suffering by writing down all the reasons to avoid that wretched book.
This was a good continuation of the story. Unfortunately I ended up reading it out of order so it gave away pieces I didn't know but that's my own fau..Show More »lt.
I appreciate the friendship development between the two main characters. The interactions flowed well and were believable in my opinion. If you are a fan of the series I'd recommend the book. It's not a read alone book though. Without the context of the series, the book would be meaningless.