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Just like Teresa's other books, I was roped in from the start. With all of the sadness and pain Lila and Kaden carry within themselves, these two characters are guaranteed to tell a story like no other.
Although I was immersed in this story, I was expecting so much more from it. When I first saw this book, I expected my emotions to be all over the place. Unfortunately, they weren't. Well, they were, but not as heavily as I expected.
Overall, this book is a really good book. I highly recommend reading it. The characters are very relateable and likeable. I couldn't help but to feel so much for these characters. Everyone knows what it's like to be misunderstood and unseen. Their story is definitely one that will sit with you for a while.
I took the title of this book way too literally. I am glad I was surprised by what transpired with Lila Jane. This is an amazing story of rebirth, not death. This is not a sweeping love story but a profound story of life. Kaden and Lila Jane will learn from their struggles and experiences to become the people they are meant to be. As I was reading, I felt that Teresa was telling us a story that we were to learn and grow from. The Death of Lila Jane was so much more then I ever expected. Teresa never fails to write a story that captures me....
From the outside looking in, it appears that this story is about an awkward sheltered young girl and a bad boy who end up going on an adventure together, but it’s so much more than that. Is Lila sheltered? In a manner of speaking yes, but she’s also extremely perceptive for someone that doesn’t interact much with many outside of her home. Is Kaden a bad boy? I suppose in a manner of speaking he is, but for this reader, he was so much more than all of that and it was apparent right from the moment he first makes his appearance.
I think my favorite part of this story was Kaden breaking down all of those preconceived notions about him. Being more than just the “bad boy” everyone on the outside sees him as. Does he make mistakes? Yes. Does he continue to make mistakes in the story? Yes, but in making those mistakes he also has these moments of clarity. Moments where after a whole lot of back and forth with himself, he learns from the mistakes and does what it takes to rectify them. That kind of character makes me happy. I live for some manner of growth in my reading and I got that here with Kaden. From the pain of what he's already lived through to what he experiences with Lila, he was definitely the character I enjoyed most.
That’s not to say that Lila didn’t have her own learning curve, but hers was more centered about coming out of her shell and experiencing life beyond the walls of her house and her family. Even experiencing it away from the one friend she did have and the boy that so obviously had a crush on her that she was completely oblivious to seeing until it was slammed home later in the story. She grew as well but in a different way. But not without having moments where she definitely wasn’t ready for the growth that did occur.
These two and their story of life, love and growth was very well done. I was impressed with the care the author took as she takes the reader on their journey together. It wasn’t easy by any means. There were ups and downs, sweetness and moments of sourness, but even in what I know to be a fictional setting, it felt very real. Reactions based on character age, and life experiences came across very organic to me, even if at times things did seem a little over the top.
The only thing that kept this from being a 5* read for me was the ending. I won’t go into specifics as I don’t want to give details of the story away and ruin it for other readers, but I will say that I felt like that part was a tad bit rushed given the length of time spent walking us through how everything came to be.
In the end though, I got what I wanted most from this after everything that happened to bring these two together and this is definitely a story that I’m glad I took the chance on. I’m eager to see where this author takes us next.
And for the record, I’m definitely #TeamKaden.
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