Genres: Contemporary, Friendship, Social Issues, Young Adult
Published by Penguin Group, USA on 2014-12-18
Source: Borrowed from Library, Netgalley
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Cody and Meg were inseparable.
Two peas in a pod.
Until . . . they weren’t anymore.
When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.
Even trying to explain why I absolutely disliked this book makes me very very sad.
If I Stay, Where She Went, Just One Day, Just One Year, Just One Night, I loved ALL these books by Gayle Forman. All of them. But this book? Nothing.
I guess I went into this book expecting something completely heartbreaking, but beautifully written, and thought-provoking regardless. But I got exactly the opposite.
We start this book with Cody, who just recently lost her best friend Meg via suicide. Cody is an empty shell. She is depressed, confused, and angry. I wanted to feel for her, I really did. I wanted to feel as heartbroken as she did. But I didn’t. I felt annoyed. Annoyed at Cody because she was so mean. Because she pushed everyone away and acted as if she was the only one who had lost Meg. As if no one’s pain could ever compare to hers.
Not to mention, Cody does some completely dangerous and stupid things to “get closure”. I wanted to punch her throughout the book. Cody felt absolutely no regard to her mother, or to Meg’s parent’s, or frankly to anyone who actually cared about her in her selfish attemps to get closure. That made me dislike Cody even more.
There was much more tell than show in this book, with us never really seeing why Meg was so important. We never really feel her and Cody’s bond, so as a result everything just felt… detached. I never felt as part of the story, so I could never really form an emotional connection to it.
The romance was absolutely horrible. I didn’t like it. I thought it was a romance formed for all the wrong reasons. They never quite clicked with each other, and it just seemed like a bad choice all around.
The story’s only saving grace was the audiobook narration. The narrator is wonderful. I loved that she actually made Cody sound “alive”. The narrator knew how to make each character distinguishable, and her voice made the story flow much easier.
Overall, this book was a miss with me. Maybe if you haven’t already read other Gayle Forman books, you’ll really enjoy this one. Or maybe not. I can’t be sure.
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I’ll admit, I did not like this book that much, but I’d wear this outfit in a heartbeat! Doesn’t it say “summer” to you? 🙂
Love the dress!!
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