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When a horrible tragedy unites five very different high school seniors, they discover the worst moment of your life can help determine who you really are in the powerful YA novel, The Year They Fell. Josie, Jack, Archie, Harrison, and Dayana were inseparable as preschoolers. But that was before high school, before parties and football and getting into the right college. Now When a horrible tragedy unites five very different high school seniors, they discover the worst moment of your life can help determine who you really are in the powerful YA novel, The Year They Fell. Josie, Jack, Archie, Harrison, and Dayana were inseparable as preschoolers. But that was before high school, before parties and football and getting into the right college. Now, as senior year approaches, they're basically strangers to each other. Until they're pulled back together when their parents die in a plane crash. These former friends are suddenly on their own. And they're the only people who can really understand how that feels. To survive, the group must face the issues that drove them apart, reveal secrets they've kept since childhood, and discover who they're meant to be. And in the face of public scrutiny, they'll confront mysteries their parents left behind--betrayals that threaten to break the friendships apart again. A new family is forged in this heartbreaking, funny, and surprising book from award-winning storyteller David Kreizman. It's a deeply felt, complex journey into adulthood, exploring issues of grief, sexual assault, racism, and trauma. An Imprint Book "Teen drama abounds in this story about loss and love." --Kirkus Reviews "Readers will find the characters relatable as they navigate the challenging time from senior year into adulthood following tragedy." --School Library Journal


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When a horrible tragedy unites five very different high school seniors, they discover the worst moment of your life can help determine who you really are in the powerful YA novel, The Year They Fell. Josie, Jack, Archie, Harrison, and Dayana were inseparable as preschoolers. But that was before high school, before parties and football and getting into the right college. Now When a horrible tragedy unites five very different high school seniors, they discover the worst moment of your life can help determine who you really are in the powerful YA novel, The Year They Fell. Josie, Jack, Archie, Harrison, and Dayana were inseparable as preschoolers. But that was before high school, before parties and football and getting into the right college. Now, as senior year approaches, they're basically strangers to each other. Until they're pulled back together when their parents die in a plane crash. These former friends are suddenly on their own. And they're the only people who can really understand how that feels. To survive, the group must face the issues that drove them apart, reveal secrets they've kept since childhood, and discover who they're meant to be. And in the face of public scrutiny, they'll confront mysteries their parents left behind--betrayals that threaten to break the friendships apart again. A new family is forged in this heartbreaking, funny, and surprising book from award-winning storyteller David Kreizman. It's a deeply felt, complex journey into adulthood, exploring issues of grief, sexual assault, racism, and trauma. An Imprint Book "Teen drama abounds in this story about loss and love." --Kirkus Reviews "Readers will find the characters relatable as they navigate the challenging time from senior year into adulthood following tragedy." --School Library Journal

30 review for The Year They Fell

  1. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    RTC Thank you to Edelweiss and Macmillan for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    5 Unforgettable Stars!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 friends inseparable as preschoolers, before high school and parties and football. Now seniors in high school, they are all strangers to each other. Tragedy strikes and their parents die in a plane crash- left alone, these 5 only have each other to relate to and lean on. Josie, Jack, Archie, Harrison, and Dayana AKA- the "Sunnies" have a lot to figure out since being out of each others lives for so long. They have to face what split them apart in the first place. T 5 Unforgettable Stars!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 friends inseparable as preschoolers, before high school and parties and football. Now seniors in high school, they are all strangers to each other. Tragedy strikes and their parents die in a plane crash- left alone, these 5 only have each other to relate to and lean on. Josie, Jack, Archie, Harrison, and Dayana AKA- the "Sunnies" have a lot to figure out since being out of each others lives for so long. They have to face what split them apart in the first place. Their answers may just be what they need to forge a new family. This book was so amazing. The depth of the characters was phenomenal. Each one was so unique and different from the other. We get to know them on a very personal level so much to the point, you actually feel like you know these characters in real life. The writing was a breath of fresh air and just so on point with the subject matter. This is a book about friendship and love, its heartbreaking and funny all at the same time. The author did such a fantastic job bringing these characters to life. You will surely be able to relate to at least one of the characters in the book. You will get lost in the pages, laugh and cry but its all worth it!! Overall I totally loved this one and really hope that someone picks it up and makes it into a movie. Its just so good I highly recommend it !! Thank you to netgalley for this arc. Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Fetters

    "I like that I don’t know. I like that I get to choose and make mistakes and take detours and get lost. Because when I do that, there’s a chance I’ll find even better things along the way." Everyone has been telling me that I need to read this book and that it'll change the way I look at life. It was unique and definitely eye-opening but it fell a little flat for me. This book follows the lives of five teens as they try to survive life after four out of the five teens lose their parents in an air "I like that I don’t know. I like that I get to choose and make mistakes and take detours and get lost. Because when I do that, there’s a chance I’ll find even better things along the way." Everyone has been telling me that I need to read this book and that it'll change the way I look at life. It was unique and definitely eye-opening but it fell a little flat for me. This book follows the lives of five teens as they try to survive life after four out of the five teens lose their parents in an airplane crash. Best friends are always supposed to be there for you, no matter what. Josie, Jack, Harrison, Archie, and Dayana have been best friends since pre-school. If one saw the others in need of help, they would all rush to help one another. As they got older, they started to go their separate ways and are now strangers towards one another. But their parents stayed close friends. Their parents are on the journey of a lifetime but things don't go as planned. Dayana's parents are denied boarding the plane because Dad forgot to update his passport. The plane crashes, killing everyone on board. Dayana hears this news first and now she must tell the others. Dayana crashes Josie's party to let all her other ex-friends know what has happened to their parents. Once she tells them, they band back together to help one another get through these tough times. They figure out life and what they are going to do with this gift they have received. Now they are on a mission to find out the truth about what happened to make that plane crash. With secrets and betrayals lurking in dark corners, will these newly reformed friendships survive? Or will it all come crashing down? The Year They Fell was just as heartbreaking as the synopsis promised. It had its moments of hilarity and uplifting positivity but mostly your heart breaks for these five teens who had their lives change in an instant. There are some darker moments in the book, so beware. These heavy topics are going to haunt you but you have to look at the better outcome. This was a good novel but not something that I would venture into a second time.

  4. 5 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    THE YEAR THEY FELL is about the people we are when we stop pretending to be the people we think we’re supposed to be. The rebel. The jock. The popular girl. The artist. The anxious overachiever. Five preschool friends grow apart by senior year in high school, though their parents remain friends. Four of their parents die in a plane crash on an annual trip bringing the “Sunnies” back together. THE YEAR THEY FELL by David Kreizman is an unexpected gem of a story that didn’t get much prepublication THE YEAR THEY FELL is about the people we are when we stop pretending to be the people we think we’re supposed to be. The rebel. The jock. The popular girl. The artist. The anxious overachiever. Five preschool friends grow apart by senior year in high school, though their parents remain friends. Four of their parents die in a plane crash on an annual trip bringing the “Sunnies” back together. THE YEAR THEY FELL by David Kreizman is an unexpected gem of a story that didn’t get much prepublication press and wasn’t even on my radar until a few weeks ago. Told in the teen’s five points of view, I fell in love with each complex, flawed character. Kreizman didn’t create stereotypes, but fully fleshed out people who had real issues without easy answers.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    They bonded in pre-school, but over the years, the "Sunnies" slowly, but surely, grew apart. However, their parents remained friends and vacationed together each year. It was that yearly vacation, that would forever change the lives of these five teens, and also, lead them back to one another. I was reading this on emoji day, and when prompted to describe my current read using only emojis, I replied as follows: 🛩😭😭😭😭😭 I shed quite a few tears while reading the first part of this book. To have so m They bonded in pre-school, but over the years, the "Sunnies" slowly, but surely, grew apart. However, their parents remained friends and vacationed together each year. It was that yearly vacation, that would forever change the lives of these five teens, and also, lead them back to one another. I was reading this on emoji day, and when prompted to describe my current read using only emojis, I replied as follows: 🛩️😭😭😭😭😭 I shed quite a few tears while reading the first part of this book. To have so many interconnected people simultaneously suffer such a huge loss, tears were inevitable. But, I got to spend a year with these characters, and though the undercurrent of pain and loss was always there, they also experienced a lot of growth, happiness, and hope. Each character had something they needed to come to terms with in addition to the loss of their parents. • Archie was the adopted black son of white parents, who was trying to decide if he should seek out his biological mother. • Harrison lived his whole life according to his mother's exceedingly high standards, and was now left adrift without her guidance. • Josie had reinvented herself after she was sexually abused, but her abuser's reappearance had her shaken. • Jack was always made to feel as though he was never good enough, and he struggled with the guilt that he was unable to protect his sister. • Dayana saw herself as an outsider, and being the only one, whose parents survived, reinforced those feelings. But, it was together, that they worked through their past and present. It was together, that they recognized their strength. It was together, that they celebrated their hopeful futures. I mourned all the years they lost with one another, but I loved seeing these characters reconnect. They were so much stronger together than apart, and I was glad they finally realized that. The tears I shed in the beginning of this book were due to the profound sadness I felt for these teens, but those tears at the end, they were happy tears. The ending was filled with so much hope and joy, and I deemed it a payoff worthy of all my tears. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lauri

    I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own. My students will find themselves in the pages of Kreizman's "The Year They Fell." They will relate to the actions and thoughts of each of the "sunnies." They will cheer and weep and learn that they too have enough in themselves to make life work. I look forward to sharing this title next year and hear what they have to say.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra Drew

    4.5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Besides a not so small bomb being dropped, this was one of the most unexpected reads this year for me. I couldn’t put this story down from start to finish. Although one of my least favourite tropes was introduced very close to the ending, I grew so attached to these characters and truly felt like I was a part of the Sunnies. Would definitely pick up another book by this author, possibly one of my new favourites. 4.5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Besides a not so small bomb being dropped, this was one of the most unexpected reads this year for me. I couldn’t put this story down from start to finish. Although one of my least favourite tropes was introduced very close to the ending, I grew so attached to these characters and truly felt like I was a part of the Sunnies. Would definitely pick up another book by this author, possibly one of my new favourites.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Swaller7

    An amazing YA debut novel ! Loved each character so much. It had humor, emotion, and I just couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait for my teenage daughter to read it next! A must read

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    Wow!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. I was so wrapped up in these characters and this story, i laughed and i cried. The author is some story teller...the depth of these characters is incredible ...I’m amazed at how many different storylines were happening, how all these details were intertwined. I’m really sad that it’s over but I’m ready for a movie! A month after reading this book, i traveled by plane with the same number of couples to the same island and i could not stop thinking of this story... Wow!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. I was so wrapped up in these characters and this story, i laughed and i cried. The author is some story teller...the depth of these characters is incredible ...I’m amazed at how many different storylines were happening, how all these details were intertwined. I’m really sad that it’s over but I’m ready for a movie! A month after reading this book, i traveled by plane with the same number of couples to the same island and i could not stop thinking of this story...it really stuck with me. Highly recommend!!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    ORIGINAL POST: http://www.nerdprobs.com/books/book-r... **A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.** The Year They Fell by David Kreizman caught my attention from the start. I enjoy reading young adult fiction and usually I lean more towards feel good novels when I do, but The Year They Fell sounded like it was going to be dramatic and intense and I couldn’t wait to read it. Lucky for me Kreizman delivered. This story is not a feel good story ORIGINAL POST: http://www.nerdprobs.com/books/book-r... **A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.** The Year They Fell by David Kreizman caught my attention from the start. I enjoy reading young adult fiction and usually I lean more towards feel good novels when I do, but The Year They Fell sounded like it was going to be dramatic and intense and I couldn’t wait to read it. Lucky for me Kreizman delivered. This story is not a feel good story. It’s the polar opposite in a way. Not to say it’s going to make you feel terrible, but Kreizman touches on subjects that I feel a lot of other authors don’t or avoid. This novel talked about the death of a parent, kids becoming orphans in the prime of their teen years when they are trying to figure out who they are and what they want to be. He touches on sexual assualt, drugs, sports and their pressure to be great and the injuries that can ruin lives. It talks about anger issues and depression and anxiety. All these subjects that are taboo in books because they don’t typically attract readers made this book so incredible. I feel like there are teens everywhere that could relate to at least one of these characters that Kreizman created. My only problem with the book is at times the situation seemed slightly unbelievable. Even though some were 18, I feel like it was too easy for the to push the adults out of the way. Once their parents died, they basically had no rules and no supervision. And someone all the bills continued to get paid even though we never hear about how they suddenly learned about mortgages and such. I know they are wealthy, at least some, but it just seemed odd that the adults would leave so easily after being told by teenagers to go. Otherwise, as a whole, the book was great. I’m not sure I have a favorite character because each one brought so much to the table. They created this perfect little dysfunctional family that in an odd way helped them all become stronger and more function in their own lives. The story flows smoothly even though it jumps between characters. I think anyone can enjoy this book that loves hard hitting stories about loss and trauma, but also about fighting your way back to the surface (direct reference to the story). Pick it up and hopefully you love it as much as I did.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jenelle Lindsay

    I loved this book because it's so deeply real while also being page-turning addictive. The premise hooked me immediately. It's so true how parents often make their parent friend group in preschool and kids are so open and non-judgmental and form particularly close friendships that you think will last. Only they don't - kids grow up with wildly diverging personalities and the pressure and anxiety as they become tweens and teens to belong creates divisions and cliques and alienation. What happens I loved this book because it's so deeply real while also being page-turning addictive. The premise hooked me immediately. It's so true how parents often make their parent friend group in preschool and kids are so open and non-judgmental and form particularly close friendships that you think will last. Only they don't - kids grow up with wildly diverging personalities and the pressure and anxiety as they become tweens and teens to belong creates divisions and cliques and alienation. What happens when their parents' yearly adult vacation ends in their plane crashing, instantly making these 5 former friends orphans? It's Breakfast Club meets Party of 5 but goes way deeper into these 5 superbly drawn characters. From the first paragraph, you know Kreizman is a fantastic writer. There's tons of emotional depth but also so much humor and just great storytelling. He weaves so many fascinating threads where you get mini-mysteries that reveal more and more of the characters to us and to each other. This book took me right back to being a teen, the voices and issues and anxiety and relationships were so spot on that you're immediately immersed in the characters and the story. But this book also makes you think. About your own friendships you lost, the ones you rekindled, the categories we put ourselves or get corralled into, the assumptions we put on people because of how they seem versus what they're really experiencing inside. It's like when you go to a high school reunion and learn things your classmates were going through or anxieties or experiences you never knew they had. What added to the depth of this book and the addictiveness to find out what happens next, is the rare look into wildly different kids being forced to dig into all those rich and complicated layers now. The stakes of the tragedy require them to go deeper than you often get to see teen characters go and it's a really beautiful and captivating and fun read that will keep you thinking long after you put the book down.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    As often happens, five youngsters who were inseparable during preschool have drifted apart over the years, so much so that they barely even recognize each other even though their parents remain good friends. On a vacation trip to Anguilla right before the senior year of their offspring, all of the parents but Dayana's die in a plane crash. Hers missed that fate when her father doesn't have a valid passport. The crash and deaths bring the former friends back together again, but as some of the dra As often happens, five youngsters who were inseparable during preschool have drifted apart over the years, so much so that they barely even recognize each other even though their parents remain good friends. On a vacation trip to Anguilla right before the senior year of their offspring, all of the parents but Dayana's die in a plane crash. Hers missed that fate when her father doesn't have a valid passport. The crash and deaths bring the former friends back together again, but as some of the draw closer, they also begin to learn about their own individual secrets and even some of the secrets their parents were keeping. Teen readers will find someone with whom to relate as they read about Josie, Jack, Harrison, Archie, and Dayana and the many ways they have tried to cope over the years. It might have been interesting to delve more deeply into what drove them apart other than inertia and life changes, but it also interesting to realize that none of these adolescents are what others think they are. For instance, the charmed life led by siblings Josie and Jack belies her betrayal by a trusted mentor and her twin's guilt at not being able to save her from that betrayal and how neither one wanted to disappoint their parents. This book covers some emotional territory and many different issues even while revealing the magical thinking many of us may revert to when tragedy strikes as we look for evidence of conspiracy or a plot when all along, it may turn out to be a simple human error or the failure of small piece of equipment.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Myron Brown

    Archie, Dayana, Harrison, Jack, and Josie were best friends in nursery school, but by high school they grew apart. When their parents die in a plane crash will it bring them closer or further apart? The crash forces each kid to examine the things which separated them over the years. Each chapter alternates between the points of views of the five “Sunnies,” named for the nursery school they attended where readers see how each are coping with the tragedy. The novel is at its best when it focuses o Archie, Dayana, Harrison, Jack, and Josie were best friends in nursery school, but by high school they grew apart. When their parents die in a plane crash will it bring them closer or further apart? The crash forces each kid to examine the things which separated them over the years. Each chapter alternates between the points of views of the five “Sunnies,” named for the nursery school they attended where readers see how each are coping with the tragedy. The novel is at its best when it focuses on the grief each teen is going through. While coping with their grief, each teen is forced to deal with things from their pasts that they rather not deal with it. Readers feel each teen’s grief although the book could get very dramatic at times. Yet some of the dramatic moments of the novel will keep teens reading and prevents the book from becoming too depressing. Each character starts out as a particular type but as the novel moves on the characters become more interesting and become something more than a stereotype. This book is recommended for those looking for serious realistic YA fiction that doesn’t get too bogged down by its own seriousness.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tara Weiss

    Funny how friendships change. Five friends from daycare who have drifted apart are brought back together when a plane carrying all of their parents crashes on a vacation to Anguilla. Overcoming this loss and rekindling friendships in the base of the story, but each character has additional challenges: head injury from sports, adopted and a different race from parents, obsessed with "The Plan" for achieving success, pill addiction and then the big one -- sexual abuse from a coach. Then there is t Funny how friendships change. Five friends from daycare who have drifted apart are brought back together when a plane carrying all of their parents crashes on a vacation to Anguilla. Overcoming this loss and rekindling friendships in the base of the story, but each character has additional challenges: head injury from sports, adopted and a different race from parents, obsessed with "The Plan" for achieving success, pill addiction and then the big one -- sexual abuse from a coach. Then there is teenage pregnancy. Then there is a potential government conspiracy. A deadbeat father. An affair between parents. What went from overcoming loss moves onto overcoming everything. It is a lot! Perhaps choose your issue and go deep on that - don't throw them all together. The story is told from multiple perspectives, which works well, but we don't ever get to fully know any of the characters and rely on others to fill in the details. It makes it hard to trust what's happening.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I think the premise of this book was really unique and very interesting and I think, had there only been a couple of characters, I could have gotten into this more. But there was so much going on and every single character was an absolute train wreck that it was too much for me. Even the first chapter just felt very strange. 4 kids lose their parents in a plane crash and they kind of just hang around alone at a party and no one comes to check on them until later? There are no police? There's no I think the premise of this book was really unique and very interesting and I think, had there only been a couple of characters, I could have gotten into this more. But there was so much going on and every single character was an absolute train wreck that it was too much for me. Even the first chapter just felt very strange. 4 kids lose their parents in a plane crash and they kind of just hang around alone at a party and no one comes to check on them until later? There are no police? There's no follow-up? Some of them are living alone without supervision and no one is checking? It just seemed very unrealistic to me, I guess. I'm also getting too old for high school dramatics, I think. A little of it is okay but, like I said, when every character is a walking stereotype/train wreck, it's too much. It's like The Breakfast Club trying to be modern and adding in a tragic plane crash. I like The Breakfast Club, but I like it because it worked as a movie for that time frame. This book didn't work for me. My 7th DNF of the year...whoops.

  16. 5 out of 5

    JV Austen

    Hello cliches! The five Sunnies - the main characters are really just caricatures. Even their parents are caricatures. The white people who adopt a black kid (geeky, glasses, draws really well even at the age of 5?!) and then are miraculously able to have a perfect son of their own. The rich white people with the twins - she's molested by her softball coach because her parents never have time for her and he's in an ADHD nightmare from which neither parents nor teachers get him help. The hispanic Hello cliches! The five Sunnies - the main characters are really just caricatures. Even their parents are caricatures. The white people who adopt a black kid (geeky, glasses, draws really well even at the age of 5?!) and then are miraculously able to have a perfect son of their own. The rich white people with the twins - she's molested by her softball coach because her parents never have time for her and he's in an ADHD nightmare from which neither parents nor teachers get him help. The hispanic goth girl who takes random pills from her parents cabinet.... UGH - I couldn't care less about these people even when the parents died. Seriously, I read enough to just keep getting irked with the author. No ending is worth the beginning of this book. I didn't even bother to skip to the end.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Faith Rice-Mills

    This was a pretty good read. It kept me interested enough that I finished it fast. I also appreciated the portrayal of teenage anxiety, something a lot of adults don’t take time out to try to understand. But the drama kind of spiraled and it started to read like a One Tree Hill episode. I still enjoyed it but, it wasn’t the serious read I thought it would be.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sierra

    Could not put down this book! I finished it in just a few days- it was a real page turner! I enjoyed all of the characters. All of them were flawed, thorough and deeply exciting to read about. “The Year They Fell” is a breath of fresh air, and one of my favorites. Would highly recommend this book for young adults or anyone who needs a great read!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Could not put down this book! I finished it in just a few days- it was a real page turner! I enjoyed all of the characters. All of them were flawed, thorough and deeply exciting to read about. “The Year They Fell” is a breath of fresh air, and one of my favorites. Would highly recommend this book for young adults or anyone who needs a great read!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    I picked up this book and didn't put it down until I finished. I was completely wrapped up in the characters and felt as connected to them as they were to each other. Touching and poignant, this book took to me back to those unbreakable childhood bonds, hopes and fears of high school, and reminded me that we are often stronger than we think. A great read for the young adult inside all of us.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mariah Smitala

    At a glance The Year They Fell appears to have a lot going on, but on closer inspection you find that it is quite simply about the struggles and hardships teenagers face. It is realistic in the most horrible, but necessary way. Read the full review here: https://missmariahslibrary.wordpress....

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jennie

    A compelling story that was hard to put down. Loved these characters & how the author handled their complicated stories with humor and humanity. Definitely pack this book in your suitcase for your summer vacation.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    This is probably my favorite book ever! This book transported me to a different world and I could not put it down. Please read this! You will not regret it. It is beautifully written and truly an amazing book. (Please make a sequel!!)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Arnold

    DNF after chapter 1. Sorry, but any book that starts with a teen so casually deciding which prescription pills (that aren't even hers) to take on a random "fun" night isn't for me. On to something else...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Donoghue

    Love this book!! The characters, the storyline, the writing — it’s amazing, I highly recommend to teens and adults. The book immediately draws you in. I just finished it and I want more! I can’t wait for my teen to read it next.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jessie

    I received this book through the Goodreads Giveaway. It was a very well written book. A reader could find a character to identify with. The book kept me wanting to read the next chapter to see what happens. I was sad that it ended.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    Dnf around 10%. Ya is getting to be a hit or miss for me and this one just isn’t it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Namrata

    I don't why, but I'm getting SERIOUS I'll Give You the Sun vibes. Sounds really interesting.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    Quirky cast of characters - I enjoyed how they were named after characters from "Archie".

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ann Black

    Interesting story The story was intriguing. I would give it 3 1/2 stars. The suspenseful part was a bit of a let down in the end.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tedi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This story was compelling in that it was told in multiple POVs that were all interwoven. This is a powerful story of overcoming tragedy and finding connections in unlikely places. It has a similar vibe to The Breakfast Club and honestly shares the story of teens experiencing grief and trauma. While I couldn't put this down, it did feel like this book was trying to do too much. Not because it wasn't realistic, but because it was too realistic and that was a lot of process in the 300 pages of text This story was compelling in that it was told in multiple POVs that were all interwoven. This is a powerful story of overcoming tragedy and finding connections in unlikely places. It has a similar vibe to The Breakfast Club and honestly shares the story of teens experiencing grief and trauma. While I couldn't put this down, it did feel like this book was trying to do too much. Not because it wasn't realistic, but because it was too realistic and that was a lot of process in the 300 pages of text. We have a drug addiction, cheating, anxiety, a concussion that severely changes someone's personality, pregnancy, romance, decisions about college, a manipulative dad, statutory rape... and that isn't even touching on the main plot point of the book. I appreciate the author making each of the characters unique and giving them a distinct personality and a clear background but plot-wise it just was a lot to take in.

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