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I was going along with the story just fine for most of the book, even if it was a bit boring. I saw how everyone was worried about Ben, but they couldn't really do anything since he will do what he wants to do. He had to reach rock bottom before he could make some changes for himself. Everyone except Ben hated Emma with good reason. I got all of that and went along with it, even though it was told and not shown.
Then we get towards the end and I just got sick of everyone being an idiot in regards to Emma. Yes she is crazy. Yes they all hate her, so why do they still let her crash their party? Why do they still let her spend the night? You get in a physical altercation with her and yet you still let her stay? Ben says she is stalking him and you still think this is a good idea? From then on it was just like what are you thinking?!? Why would you get in the car with crazy guy you think is the killer? Why would you do any of these idiotic things you did? Did you learn nothing? I thought you saw through Emma and her games, so why are you still playing into them? It made no sense. Emma was a horrible person, but Katherine was just stupid. I was hoping that she would have grown and learned from her experiences, but I don't think she did. It was just like poor decision after poor decision and I really started to hate it. It just got to be too much.
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Ben and Kitty are the primary players but Emma is the character to watch for. She is Kitty’s bitchy roommate who brought havoc between brother and sister. Without her this story would not have been quite captivating she is portrayed as a complete psychopath. I love mystery but this one is a bit too soft for my taste, the first half is mainly the set-up of college life: the setting, atmosphere and the relationships, etc. The second half is more dramatic and moves along at a better pace but the suspense is kind of lightweight and the development so predictable I became anxious to see the end. Having said this does not mean it is boring, on the contrary it is quite a sentimental journey.
This lively story is told from the perspective of young adults. The portrayal of friendship and the strong characterization is where this story excels. The dialogue is somewhat stilted although I did overcome noticing this after a while. How Ben slowly spiral out of control, starts drinking, does drugs and argues all the time is especially well represented. The serious problems concerning anorexia as well as family issues are also at the forefront. There is something to please everyone even a murder scene for the mystery buffs to enjoy.
This book should appeal mostly to older teens and young adults and to older adults who which to reminisce about their days in college…