ABOUT THE BOOK:
From the author of Cracked Up to Be and Some Girls Are comes a gripping story about one girl’s search for clues into the mysterious death of her father.
When Eddie Reeves’s father commits suicide her life is consumed by the nagging question of why? Why when he was a legendary photographer and a brilliant teacher? Why when he seemed to find inspiration in everything he saw? And, most important, why when he had a daughter who loved him more than anyone else in the world? When she meets Culler Evans, a former student of her father’s and a photographer himself, an instant and dangerous attraction begins. Culler seems to know more about her father than she does and could possibly hold the key to the mystery surrounding his death. But Eddie’s vulnerability has weakened her and Culler Evans is getting too close. Her need for the truth keeps her hanging on…but are some questions better left unanswered?
I cared deeply about every one of the characters, even the minor background characters. The reason, of course, is because they were so realistic. Eddie’s thoughts contained many ponderings I once thought about as a teen, all the embarrassing, non-sensical stuff. And even some I wouldn’t have dare to think even in my head. Courtney Summers didn’t hold anything back and I loved that raw glimpse into Eddie’s mind. Eddie is fierce and that comes across in every sentence, every action of hers, even when she’s being passive.
My favorite thing about the book was the love triangle. I had a hard time deciding between both boys, which is not usually the case. Usually I’m emphatically on one side of the triangle. Both boys offered her something she needed, but both had flaws that didn’t make them right for her. I loved Milo for being so caring, always there for her, and protecting her enough to be unwilling to give her the answer to one of the main questions she seeks: what happened the night her father committed suicide? Culler, on the other hand, has the key to the answers leading up to that night: why led her father to commit suicide? And though he’s willing to give the answers to Eddie, there’s something off about him. Besides being too old for her.
Another thing I loved about the book was Eddie’s unusual home life. Like most YA fiction, she had absentee parents. Her dad had committed suicide. Her mom had basically withdrawn from life into an almost catatonic state. But the unique part was that her mother’s friend Beth came to live in Eddie’s and basically take over the mom roll. Eddie hated Beth but Beth’s intentions were good and I really loved the dynamic of their relationship and how it grew and changed over the course of the book.
I can’t review this book without commenting on the gorgeous writing. Sometimes I just wanted to stare at the sentences, they were so lovely. Poetic and haunting. Like the book itself.
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