Why did I want to read this book?
One, it’s Gayle Forman. Two, it’s Gayle Forman’s latest. Three, I’m ready for more Gayle Forman.
What worked for me?
I’m left in awe again of Gayle Forman’s subtle and yet powerful writing and story-telling. The subject of the story is already heavy, with Cody finding out that her best friend Meg took her own life and Cody had no idea why. The devastation over that discovery was palpable and Gayle Forman does great again with her uncanny ability to show her readers just how much this devastation has caused havoc with each of the characters in the book.
I also appreciate how the author tackles the subject of suicide. It’s definitely an issue that is much debated upon. I have my own thoughts and beliefs about it and I’m sure you guys do too. But what I appreciate about how it was undertaken in this book is that it doesn’t come off as preachy or as a vehicle for the author to convince readers to think about this particular issue in a particular way. For me, the issue was there, open for discussion as always, and you just have these characters who are going through this difficult time in their lives with the emotions and reactions that they are feeling. They feel what they feel and they think what they think and that’s all there is to that.
Again, I love the subtlety that seemed ingrained into Gayle Forman’s writing. Details creep up on you until you can’t hold on to your emotions any longer so they come pouring out on you but not in gushing waves, but in quiet flows, which at times seem more powerful in its effects. But there is still healing. And forgiveness. There’s still hope. And moving forward.
What did not work for me?
I was just a little put-off by the romance, especially in the beginning. But only a little bit. And only because of the circumstances. But then I got over it. lol 🙂
My over-all take on it?
This was another powerful delivery from author Gayle Forman. I love how she paints her characters, full of life. I love how she pictures her scenes and colors them with emotions, full of subtle genius. It’s a compelling read, that’s for sure.
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. Yes, these are my honest and personal thoughts on this book.
I’m a woman. There seems to be some confusion about my gender, which I find disturbing if you’ve seen my author photo.
Photo: © Dennis Kleiman
I used to be a journalist. My first job was for Seventeen magazine. You can see some of my articles here.
When I was little I wanted to grow up to be the sun. I was devastated to learn this was not a career option.
Adam from If I Stay was inspired by my husband, Nick. No, you cannot meet him.
Willem from Just One Day/Year was inspired by some Dutch guy who dumped me. (Willem is my revenge.) No, you don’t want to meet him.
I bombed my SATs. I still did okay in life.
I was once an extra in a Bollywood movie. (And yes, that’s where I got that part of Just One Year from.)
I have been to 64 countries. I used to travel a lot. I once wrote a book about it. Favorite country visited: India. Least-favorite country: Tonga. (Sorry, Tonga.)
I can bake a batch of cupcakes from scratch in under 20 minutes.
The worst job I ever had was as a data-entry clerk. Honorable mention to hotel maid and traveling flower seller girl.
I have learned, and forgotten, three foreign languages. Regretfully, French is not one of them.
I took three years off to travel before college.
As a teen, I was so obsessed with Molly Ringwald that I started biting my lip like she did and now I have a permanent scar. And this is why I am a YA author.
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Have you read this or any Gayle Forman book before? Have you read other books tackling issues such as suicide?