Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Keywords: grief, car accident, healing
Format Read: Hardcover from publisher in exchange for honest review (thank you!)
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I received this a while ago for review, and I really can't remember why I finally decided to pick it up. I think because the cover was so pretty. But regardless, it's genuinely one of the best books I've read all year, and instantly made my favorites list.
It was a story about Wren's grief and how she is dealing with the event after it happened. She runs, she sleeps, and she is generally trying to cope on her own and constantly feels pressure from her parents to get out and meet new people and try to move on. But she's not ready. And I thought this was a phenomenally realistic description of the struggle through grief.
I was also a big fan of the relationships and friendships in this book too. No instalove, no instafriends, long term relationships that took work and talking and progression in a normal fashion. Her parents were also involved in the relationship and healing process, so I felt like I actually understood her relationship with her family.
In addition, Wren is a photographer, and she is currently struggling with getting involved again in her art and her process of doing so. This was also not a super popular thing I've read in a lot of YA stuff (although I just finished Open Road Summer, and she's a photographer in that one, too). I enjoyed how different it was, and that it didn't solely revolve around that, but instead, it was on her return to it, which was a refreshing change.
And the writing. Beautiful. I've posted this photo a couple places, but I took it because I just loved the paragraph. It was so real, so raw, and I loved every minute of it.
Read When: NOW. Basically just go read it now. That's it.