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What If Paperback – September 22, 2014
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About the Author
Shirley Anne Edwards is a Northeast girl who first found her love for books when she read Nancy Drew’s The Secret of the Old Clock Tower at thirteen. Shirley found her love for writing at a very young age, and since then has let her imagination run wild by creating quirky characters and vast worlds in her head. Shirley lives in New Jersey and works in the entertainment industry in New York City. In the immortal words of Mark Twain: “Life is short, Break the Rules. Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably and never regret ANYTHING that makes you smile.” For more information about Shirley and her writing journey: Website (link: http://shirlwriteredwards.wordpress.com/) Twitter: @ShirleyAWriter (link: https://twitter.com/ShirleyAWriter)
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Oh wow, this book made me cry my eyes out. It was so beautifully written, so emotional, true to the emotions and behaviors of the teens in this book. I cried at the prologue (of course, if you read the book). I cried during the heartbreak of all the teen drama. And I cried when the prologue caught up with the book. It was truly such an emotional, heartfelt story of love and lost and infidelity in a teenage world.
I loved Peter and Wendy. I loved Peter's dreams and even Wendy's confusion of teenage hormones and not knowing whether to cross the boy best friend boundaries or go to the new hot guy. The experiences between the characters were so real and raw.
The "case" that happens at the end of the book was a huge surprise to me. I didn't see it coming, having my own conclusions to the culprit. The scene that showed the truth even had me in tears.
Wendy, at the end, was so broken. I felt so much for her. All her fear, loss, confusion, doubt, fear, it was written so well. So very well.
I have to say I really enjoyed this book! I wasn't sure exactly what to expect since I've never read anything by this author before. I loved how this book was set up: we knew right away that Peter was killed, but we didn't know how, we didn't know why, and we certainly didn't know who did it. Wendy was a curious girl who often couldn't make up her mind. She wavered between wanting to be with Dylan, the hot, new kid in school, and Peter, her best friend for as long as she can remember. At first, I was a little annoyed that she couldn't make a decision, but then I realized that this is actually really true to a girl her age. Teenagers never know what they want; they tend to want a little bit of every choice they have, so Wendy is definitely acting like a normal teenager. I liked seeing Wendy and Peter in their daily lives, how they interacted with people and each other, and how they came to be more than best friends.
Edwards did a really great job with this book. I found myself drawn into the story and Wendy's life right away. I wanted to know what happened between Wendy and Peter, and what happened to Peter. he definitely wasn't the popular kid in high school, so why would he die? Such a sad story but I think it was very well written and Edwards should have a very good future as an author :)