Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lovely, Dark and Deep

Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara
Publication Date:
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 352
Keywords: grief, car accident, healing
Format Read: Hardcover from publisher in exchange for honest review (thank you!)
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Since the night of the crash, Wren Wells has been running away. Though she lived through the accident that killed her boyfriend Patrick, the girl she used to be didn’t survive. Instead of heading off to college as planned, Wren retreats to her father’s studio in the far-north woods of Maine. Somewhere she can be alone.
Then she meets Cal Owen. Dealing with his own troubles, Cal’s hiding out too. When the chemistry between them threatens to pull Wren from her hard-won isolation, Wren has to choose: risk opening her broken heart to the world again, or join the ghosts who haunt her.
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.


  1. This sounds like a really cool book! I'm seriously adding it on Goodreads at least (and oh gosh, isn't that cover gorgeous?!) I haven't read a stack of books with photographers in them, which is a shame, because I think photos are fascinating (and I'm so jealous of anyone who can do it well! Haha! I suck at photography) XD
    Thanks for stopping by @ Notebook Sisters

    1. Right? I feel like photography isn't a super popular topic in books, but I loved it so much (also Open Road Summer has photography in it, too, if you're looking for more along that line :) )

  2. Woah. I was eyeing on this book for such a long time! But I hold back on reading this and i dont know why. But your review is really great! specially knowing her writing style. am now looking forward for this. :)

    Followed via GFC. :D

    1. Thanks so much, and WELCOME! Glad to have you :) It was by far one of my favorites, and I feel like it gets zero attention, so I'd love for more people to read it. It's so honest and raw and absolutely stunning.


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