A standalone novel.
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary
Target Audience: 14+
Rating: A (82%)
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
A powerful display of empathy and friendship from the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of If I Stay.
Around the time that Freya loses her voice while recording her debut album, Harun is making plans to run away from home to find the boy that he loves, and Nathaniel is arriving in New York City after a family tragedy leaves him isolated on the outskirts of Washington state. After the three of them collide in Central Park, they slowly reveal the parts of their past that they haven’t been able to confront, and together, they find their way back to who they’re supposed to be. Told over the course of a single day from three different perspectives, Gayle Forman’s newest novel about the power of friendship and being true to who you are is filled with the elegant prose that her fans have come to know and love.
This is one of the best contemporary books I have read in a very long time. It was so, so incredible. It was very raw and vulnerable in a way that was new and exciting. I love, love, loved the split perspectives, gaining an insight on everyone’s motives and feelings. It was truly incredible and exceptional. Gayle Forman has another winner here.
I loved that the reason everyone was brought together was because of their flaws and the holes that seemed to lodge in their chests. It’s definitely a coming of age story, set around pressure and what’s expected of you. It’s a view of life from everyone’s point of view, the differences that each have to face on the daily. The characterisation was incredible, I felt like I could truly guess each of the characters if I didn’t have their names written before me. Very elegant.
The plot was intricate. Neatly woven into a perfect ball of heartbreak, sorrow and friendship. This book not only covers difference of personalities and life, but culture as well. The only fault I was able to find was the predictability of some cords of the plot. Not all of them, only a select few. I think that speaks a lot about that book. The fact I can’t claim the entirety of the book was predictable, because it definitely wasn’t. There was a scene or two that caught me off guard, and I loved that!
I read this book in a night. It’s obviously essential to get your hands on a copy! 😛
The break down of my rating:
Style & Tone: 9/10
Enjoyment Factor: 10/10