This book is actually not going to be released until March 29, 2011 but I was lucky enough to win an Advanced Reader Copy via First Reads on www.goodreads.com. I read almost the whole thing in one sitting tonight (and boy am I gonna regret that at work tomorrow…)
Jude is the typical over-caring mom to twins Zach and Mia. During freshman year of high school, Mia becomes best friends with Lexi, the new girl in town who has grown up mostly in foster homes and is just looking for a place to belong. Eventually Zach and Lexi fall in love, and the three form a close-knit group. One night senior year tragedy strikes, and it tears them all apart. This is the story of how to try to move on when you lose someone you love.
Kristin Hannah’s books tend to make me sad. Mainly because her stories are focused on the bond of friendship, and it always makes me a little sad that I don’t have a typical “best friend”. I haven’t since high school. Hannah’s stories always make me kind of wish that I did, and this one wasn’t an exception. Mia and Lexi were really likable girls (hell, they bonded over reading Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre!) And this is a serious tear-jerker – I spent the last 200 or so pages with tears just rolling down my face. I didn’t love the ending. It ended the way I was hoping it would, but it seemed a little too easy. Another 50 pages or so would have been helpful.
If you’re looking to be completely engrossed in a book, this one would be a good pick for you. I couldn’t put it down. Be prepared for a bit of sob-fest though.