- Paperback: 282 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 8, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1500872830
- ISBN-13: 978-1500872830
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,095,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Girl Nevermore was a little slow to start but once I was hooked, it was a provocative read. The story begins with an introduction to Cooper and Kayla Mesa, twin sisters, as they sit in English class...and Kayla begins to fade away right in front of Cooper's eyes. Girl Nevermore tells the tale of destruction that a suicide attempt can wreak. And how those affected by it can learn to deal with what life brings - how perception can help you cope with the darkness inherent in life.
Cooper experienced a myriad of emotions following her sister's suicide attempt. She pinged between anger, confusion, and guilt, as she processed the what and the why behind Kayla's decision to take her life. At first, I agreed with Cooper when she felt like she was being selfish by considering how Kayla's actions affected her. But as I put myself in her 16 year old shoes, I could sympathize with Cooper to a certain degree. She was angry with Kayla but for more than just how her actions affected her socially. I felt she was more angry with the fact that Kayla hadn't confided in her and that Cooper, preferring a book to interacting with anyone, missed the signs that something so serious was happening with Kayla.
I enjoyed how Desilets used The Raven as a way for Cooper to explore the existential crisis that Cooper experienced following Kayla's suicide attempt. The parallels between Cooper's questions, why she's asking them and the answers she's expecting, and those of the narrator of The Raven worked really well together. And although I've read Poe, you don't have to have read The Raven for this element to make sense. This element aided the dark feel of Girl Nevermore - and it is a dark story. But as Cooper realized,
"While darkness doesn't make life interesting, without it, there wouldn't be any light."
Ms. Desilets' use of Kayla's diary did a great job of acquainting us with Kayla, despite her absence from most of the book. It was a creative way to build sympathy and understanding for Kayla's plight. Cooper and Kayla's mom was not necessarily a sympathetic character. As I put myself in her shoes, I could understand some of her reactions to Kayla's suicide attempt. She felt a certain amount of guilt for not being more aware of what was going on in her daughter's life. But more telling was the understanding I gained about how the girls ended up in this place through witnessing the mother-daughter dynamics.
Logan - ahh, he was 'the light' in this story. I liked Logan from the start. He'd been friends with Cooper and Kayla for a few years. But he and Cooper really clicked. And he seemed to know exactly what Cooper needed and he showed her the compassion she was looking for.
I was a little shocked at how Cooper and Kayla were so distant from one another - especially since they are twins. But Desilets did provide some insight into their situation, so while I had a hard time believing it, I could see how it could happen. Cooper really declined quickly into the depths of emotion she felt following Kayla's suicide attempt. I was happy to see how she recovered and was able to make sense of things - at least as it related to her life.
Overall, Desilets has woven a very thought-provoking story around the fallout of a suicide attempt. Although it was a bumpy start for me, I did become entrenched in Cooper's life and the hope I had for how she'd move on. I was also left hopeful for the sisters' relationship - that they'd grow closer than they'd ever been. This was my first read from Ms. Desilets and it definitely won't be the last.
**I received a complimentary copy, from the author, in exchange for an honest review.**
Girl Nevermore takes us on the emotional roller coaster of loving someone who tried to commit suicide. It's not pretty. Cooper has moments of such grief, I want to hug her. Other times she's so dang selfish I want to shake her silly. That's what suicide does to the loved ones left behind even if the person failed in the attempt, it makes you crazy. It makes you question your role in it. It makes you hate and love at the same time until you're dizzy and in need of the biggest tantrum. I just saw an interview with the late Joan Rivers talking about her husband's suicide, it went something like this, I was so livid, I wanted to kill him! That's it right there. So just imagine a twin sister left alone to this emotional storm because her mother is clueless. The mom is not a bad person, just a total selfish jerk. I'm sure there are moms like her, but I could not make sense of her actions when it came to Cooper.
My favorite part of the story has to be Logan. Yes, there's a burgeoning romance, which grew from a long time friendship. I'm crazy about him!
Girl Nevermore spoke to me. I'm the opposite of Cooper. She dove straight into her grief. I'm more of a runner and freeze-girl. I freeze out my feelings. I freeze my relationship with the person who at any moment could choose to quit all over again. That was the hardest part of the story. I was worried the whole time Cooper would get herself so twisted up in her head that she'd go the route of her sister. I also kept waiting for news that her sister tried again. So not a relaxing read in any way, but powerful and emotional, and even sweet and lovely.