Please Note: This book deals with the sensitive issues of death, dying, and depression. It could be a trigger for some.
My Summary: Hawthorne, 17-year-old high school senior outcast and little sister to former high school football star, is consumed with the disappearance of Lizzie Lovett, 20-something alum who graduated with Hawthorne’s older brother. Hawthorne remembers Lizzie well. Lizzie was the girl who had it all: beauty, brains, and popularity. After Lizzie graduated from high school, Hawthorne was sure Lizzie escaped far from their small, sleepy town. When Lizzie disappears during a camping trip with her boyfriend, only about 15 miles from Hawthorne’s small town, Hawthorne is shocked to discover Lizzie never moved out of the area. On a mission to discover what happened to Lizzie Lovett, Hawthorne finds herself employed at the same diner Lizzie worked and dating Lizzie’s boyfriend. What will she uncover while living Lizzie’s life? What could make the girl who has it all walk away? Hawthorne discovers things she never expects to find; life lessons about herself and the people around her.
My Thoughts: I absoluetly loved this book. The character, Hawthorne, was captivating; I was drawn into her story immediately. Told in first-person POV, Hawthorne is portrayed as a very witty, kind, perceptive young lady. I found myself laughing, crying, and heartbroken many times during this story, sometimes all within the same chapter! The storyline flowed well and the dialogue was realistic. I would highly recommend this book.
My Favorite Quote:
“Don’t talk then. Paint. Dance. Write. Just don’t hold your feelings inside. The longer we let pain hide in our hearts, the more it turns to poison.”
Note: I was given the opportunity by the publisher to read this book prior to its release. Currently it is available for preorder and will be released in January 2017.