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The protagonist is a girl suffering from depression and stress after the car accident in which she was driving and her best friend was killed. The treatment of her feelings and disconnectedness from life rings true, and is one of the strong points of this story. The girl, Julia, has fallen so far behind in her classes that she is in danger of being transferred to a school for kids with behavioral and other problems. The school's most popular boy, Evan, offers to tutor her back to grade level, and a hesitant maybe-romance begins. There are questions about why he notices and likes her all of a sudden, and why she has these vivid dreams about altered versions of her accident and her best friend. These are answered in the second part of the book, which veers off into Sci-Fi.
The Sci-Fi premise here isn't at all bad-- it's actually pretty creative. But it's at this point that Julia devolves into crying, being torn between Evan and another boy (in a pushme-pullyou romance-genre approach that imparts emotional whiplash), and making impossibly stupid decisions. Between the crying and the bad choices, you really get kind of fed up with her.
When the ending cliffhangers as a setup for a sequel... that's when you will regret having stuck with the story.
If you like the romance genre and especially enjoy it in a YA setting, you'll probably find this a captivating read and be excited that there's more.
If romance is not for you, you'll be more likely to find the main character frustrating and the last fourth of the story will be dominated by that feeling rather than the plot itself. I found myself skimming faster and faster at that point, and the dangling conclusion was just the final straw.
What I disliked: I found several ( atleast four or five) typos - little things like two periods, backwards quotation marks, etc as well as a few inconsistent issues - again small things. One of our characters was described in memory as having laughed at our main character, clinging onto the sidelines wanting to be a part of things - i didn't really feel like her best friend would have said that. At another point she tells a teacher she will stop by and see the school counselor, while internally saying she has no intentions of going. Suddenly the next morning she goes immediately to the counselors office? A good round of editing honestly should have caught these mistakes, but they were small enough that while they distracted me enough to be annoyed, I could keep going and ultimately i was glad that I did.
Speaking only to the first half of the book I felt that plot points that were dropped often felt forced and didn't flow as well as they could have. She freaks out that Evan is actually looking at her, but by everything that had been described so far shes a bit of a spectacle at the school so while I understood where and why the author was going with the tidbit, it didn't feel natural. I think it would have made more sense if he'd been looking at her in a way that suggested he wanted to talk to her, which understandably would have confused her.
What I did like: Everything else not listed above. The second half of the book was a giant improvement over the first half as far as plot went. Where before it had felt forced here it felt just right. The pacing overall was great, the first half set us up to know and like the characters and want to see them succeed, and i did. The second half was a whirlwind of a good ride. The author definitely nailed the art of pacing a good story and making us want to continue reading dead on. At no point did I want to give up on the book, even though during the first half I really wasn't entirely loving it.
I also need to touch on the cover. While i love the breathtaking cover I am not sure that it totally fits the book. If i could have, I would have given this book 3 1/2 stars. With a solid edit and a bit of tightening up the first half to be as well written and as captivating as the second half it could easily be 4 1/2.
In conclusion, pick up this book, keep with it through the first half and enjoy the rest of the ride.
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