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Dying to Forget (The Station Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Granted,as the low reviewers have mentioned, there is some glossing over of the event itself, keeping things from being "messy". Could more of that have been brought in, or more of a focus on the consequences to family and friends been brought forward during an extended "life review" book section? Sure, and I think it might have even brought forth a bit more of the poignancy of the subject. But how it was written brought forth a lot of the issues anyway; teens are more emotionally aware that many adults believe, but they are just not always emotionally mature.
One area I could have done without is the whole "afterlife romance" bit. I know that it seems to be a requirement that teens girls in any kind of YA literature MUST have a romantic component, but in a book like this, it is mostly a distraction.
There are also a lot of questions that I would like to know about The Station, how the whole thing works (wouldn't we all?), and more about some of the characters. In particular, I would like to know about Bree, and whether Piper might ever have a chance to talk to her. I know there are some novellettes on a couple of the Station people, but frankly, that seems to smack of cutting a pie too small in the chase for bucks. The books are short enough as it is.
All in all, this is not a flawless story, but it is a fast read (plan for a single sitting), highly enjoyable, and a touching work about a difficult subject. I will be going on in this series. Congratulations, Ms. Dawson. I don't say such things about many books or series.
I enjoyed this book. It's written well, edited well, formatted perfectly for kindle, and the main character really has a distinct personality, but conflict rages in me because of the suicide subject matter and this book being aimed at the young adult age group. I'm always leery of YA books focusing on suicide. In this case, I feel the book isn't glamorizing it in any way. The beginning shows it as a sad, heartbreaking choice. Once the reader passes the tragic beginning, a more positive message of finding purpose through helping others is presented.
The idea of the station afterlife for suicide victims is interesting, but not unique. I liked how it was handled, but similar ideas have been in books and movies like Beetlejuice before. The author is able to add her own flavor to the idea.
As soon as the main character Piper hops into her first assignment, I could see the ending coming. It wasn't a surprise for me, but hopefully it will be for other readers. I'm a fellow writer so it's easy for me to pick out a set up. For the age group this book is intended for it may be a surprising ending, less experience in life and all.
Even though I could predict what was coming, I still enjoyed reading the story. The writing was well done. The way the story ends, the author must be planning to write sequels. It leaves you on a cliffhanger of sorts. I'm looking forward to the next book coming out to see where it goes from the ending.
I do recommend this book despite its heartbreaking subject matter. It's a great read if you are looking for a tearjerker in the beginning part of the book.
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