Synopsis: Some truths can leave you breathless...
Two years ago Ree Coleman’s life imploded, when her life was taken away from her. Now Ree is a "living dead girl", trying to survive each day, when it’s just a struggle to breathe.
After the unexpected death of her father, Ree and her family lose everything. As they are forced to leave the rich Upper East Side, they find themselves living in the slums of Bronx. Ree must figure out ways for her family to get by, and she tries to accept her father’s death. However, his death prompts many questions, including what really happened to him.
Meanwhile she meets Logan Marquez, a boy with a dangerous reputation. Knowing that boys are dangerous, Ree tries to stay away from him, but Logan insists on trying to earn her trust and friendship.
Soon, dark and dangerous secrets are revealed, and one explosive secret will shatter both their worlds.
Due to heavy subject matter, graphic scenes and sexual content this book is intended for mature readers.
Review: I had to think about this novel before I could write this review. My thoughts were all over the place, but I think I have sorted out m thoughts and emotions enough to write a fair review.
Ree is a young woman who has survived one of the most unthinkable situations, being kidnapped and held captive for months. She was violently attacked both physically and sexually. Emerging on the other side of that experience, she is a completely different person. Gone are the easy smiles and lighthearted laughter. Ree now exists. She doesn't live. Keeping everyone at arms length. The only people she vaguely trusts is her father, her best friend and her young brother.
While she isn't living she is somewhat content. All of this changes the day she runs face first into the strong chest of Logan. That one moment sets off a series of events that shakes and shatters everything Ree thinks she knows. Each portion of her broken life moved and shifts like a hundred puzzle pieces scattered on the floor.
The one portion of this novel I had trouble with initially was the complexity of the plot. I am being completely honest when I say I have never read a story so layered and complex. The author incorporates multiple subplots, but she executes them beautifully. Each thread weaves with the fabric of Ree's story stitching together all of the loose ends. There were moments when I felt the author may have pushed a little too far. Small moments that could have been omitted without negatively impacting the story, but those scenes were few and far between. Also there were a few "Americanisms" (I think I just made up a word ) that could use a little sprucing up.
Overall, this was a great book and it should be mentioned that the author is only eighteen years old!! She has an amazing career ahead of herself. I am interested in seeing what she does next.