Release Date: December 21, 2010
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 230, Paperback
Series: Standalone book
Rating from A+ to F: A
When Eddie Reeves's father commits suicide, her life is consumed by the nagging question of why? Why when he was a legendary photographer and a brilliant teacher? Why when he seemed to find inspiration in everything he saw? And, most important, why when he had a daughter who loved him more than anyone else in the world? When she meets Culler Evans, a former student of her father's and a photographer himself, an instant and dangerous attraction begins. Culler seems to know more about her father than she does and could possibly hold the key to the mystery surrounding his death. But Eddie's vulnerability has weakened her, and Culler Evans is getting too close. Her need for the truth keeps her hanging on...but are some questions better left unanswered?
I just started this book a few hours ago, and I knew I needed to finish it today. This is such a touching, heartbreaking, real story which Courtney Summers did a fantastic job writing. Eddie is dealing with the death of her father, and wondering why he would want to kill himself when he has a daughter that loves him so much. This is only one of the many questions she wants answers to, and when she meets Culler Evans she thinks she might get those answers. But, can she really trust Culler? What a surprise, that twist at the end! It was so unexpected and just...wow.
Plot- Excellent plot, I absolutely loved it. I just had to finish this book as soon as I picked it up and started reading it. There were so many emotions in this book, that I felt everything Eddie felt. I wanted to know the explanation of Eddie's father's death as much as she did. I hated Beth as much as she did. I was filled with curiosity about Culler as much as she was. This book is so real, you can just feel the grief. I know I did, my eyes were watering at times! The plot of this book is just amazing, and I loved how there was photography in it, it just made it even more better.
Characters- The characters were great, you could feel their emotions while reading this book. You felt Eddie and her mother's grief, Milo's kindness, Culler's passion for photography. Courtney did a great job with the characters in this book.
Favorite Character- Milo. He was such a kind friend, and you can really notice how he feels about Eddie and how much he cares about her.
Least Favorite Character- Beth. I found her really rude and annoying. From the start I didn't like her, and I didn't witness one ounce of kindness in her.
Writing- I think Courtney did a great job writing this novel. I haven't read any other books by her, but now I really want to! She really made this book enjoyable for readers, and I can't wait to read more from her.
Cover- I really like this cover! With the girl and the photographs, I think you catch a glimpse of what the story could be about. I loved the title of the novel, it has such a deeper meaning after you read the book.
Overall, I really liked this book, and I want to get a copy of my own! This story has such a deep message, and was written very well by Courtney Summers. I recommend this book to readers who liked The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson.
1. Plot- 19 out of 20 points.
2. Characters- 13 out of 15 points.
3. Writing- 20 out of 20 points.
4. Creativity- 15 out of 15 points.
5. Originality- 9 out of 10 points.
6. Ending- 15 out of 15 points.
7. Cover- 5 out of 5 points.
Equals: 96! 94-96 is an A
Violence- About the suicide of a girl's father
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: COURTNEY SUMMERS
Courtney Summers can't wait for the zombie apocalypse. Also she is the author of CRACKED UP TO BE and SOME GIRLS ARE (available now) and FALL FOR ANYTHING (out December 21st, 2010), three edgy young adult novels published by St. Martin's Press.
Visit her website at: http://courtneysummers.ca/
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