- File Size: 1095 KB
- Print Length: 263 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 197845287X
- Publication Date: October 28, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076JMZCYX
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,173 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Emily is a wonderful character. I loved her. She is sweet, hopeful, and a faithful friend. She reminds me a lot of my youngest sister. I love how excited Emily gets over a new girl, a girl who is so obviously different.
Jax was a major player in this book as well. He was sweet and the kind of cousin I think every girl wishes she had. He has his faults, but he has a great heart.
The parents, pastor, and Melissa all played supporting roles. Each of them had some flaws, but all of them also had some wonderful qualities. I loved how real they all felt.
From the beginning of the book, you are waiting for the shoe to drop. You know that there is more to October (or Tobi) then Emily is seeing. Even early on, there are glimpses that just don’t fit. As the book wears on, the tension mounts. I think for anyone who has been around people like October will see it coming.
I think the hardest thing about this book is to realize how necessary it is. So many young people are dealing with friends who have major challenges like October. A book like this can help younger readers cope with what they are going through. The issues discussed in this book are not easy (See spoiler at the end of my review), but they are real, and they do exist.
The writing was some of Pennington’s best yet. You can tell this story poured out of her very soul, not just her heart. Because of that, it will impact lives.
The ending left my heart broken, yet there was hope among the sharp shards of pain. This is not a happy, feel-good book. This is not a fluffy romance. This is a raw, emotional, and realistic look at some hard things.
I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy realistic stories, lyrical writing, and emotional tales.
October deals with self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and mental disorder. While handled well, these subjects are never easy.
At the beginning there is a sweetness to this book that recalls a more innocent time. Emily is a teenager when a new, older girl, October, comes to church. She is visiting their small town and Emily becomes fascinated with her. With her cousin, Jax, they have picnics together and go for long walks. October believes in creating magical moments and there is something other-worldly about her. It is obvious too that she is keeping secrets.
Of course two girls and a guy hanging out ends up becoming awkward and then October’s secrets begin to spill out.
I really liked the friendship aspect of the book and the way Emily reached out to the new girl but I did get a nasty jolt nearly three-quarters of the way through when Emily realizes what a lousy friend she actually is. She’s a ditcher, who drops her best friend Melissa every time someone better comes along. This did change how I felt about Emily. I’ve been the Melissa in a small town and it isn’t a nice feeling. To this day I value loyalty in people almost above all else.
And the ending. I found the way Emily processed the final event so wildly different to how I have processed such events, that I could not believe her response.
I have known people, some very well, who have done all that is described here so this book was not a neutral read for me - it stirred up some strong emotions.