From the beginning, this book hooked me in and didn't let go. The emotional aspects of this book were spot-on. The mystery was unpredictable, with a k From the beginning, this book hooked me in and didn't let go. The emotional aspects of this book were spot-on. The mystery was unpredictable, with a killer that I wouldn't have originally suspected, and some complicated motives behind the murder. I loved this book so much, and I highly recommend it.
POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD
Reading this book through Sophie's perspective was sometimes a painful experience because half of the book took place after she had been through Mina's death, and it was obvious how much it had hurt her, and how much she missed Mina. The complexity of the relationship between Mina and Sophie is showcased throughout the book, both in their interactions before Mina's death, and in Sophie's thoughts after Mina's death. Mina and Sophie were best friends, but they both also wanted to be more than that. Despite this, it wasn't that simple, because Mina was more reluctant to begin a romantic relationship than Sophie was. Mina worried about the reactions of the people in their small town, and her own family's reactions as well. It didn't help that her brother, Trev, liked Sophie, too. After Mina's death, it is clear that Trev wants a relationship with Sophie, but she is still in love with Mina.
Sophie's drug addiction aspect was dealt with in an interesting way in the book as well. Sophie had become addicted to OxyContin, which was prescribed to her after she was in an accident at the age of fourteen, and was injured in her leg and back. She had to take the pills so often to keep the pain away that she became addicted to them. One of the most horrible things about her addiction is that it causes people to blame her for Mina's murder, because the killer had planted pills on her. People think that they were there so that Sophie could pick up some drugs, but at that point, she had already become clean. She had spent time with her aunt to kick her drug addiction, and she had not used once since then. She told her parents that after the murder, but even they wouldn't believe her, so they her to rehab to stop a drug addiction that she no longer had. It clearly hurt her to have her own family not even believe her about that.
The murder mystery is well-written and an important part of the story without detracting from the emotional character interactions and development. The night Mina was killed, she told Sophie that she was meeting somebody for a news story. When she got out of the car, the person waiting to meet her shot her. Officials in the town aren't really actively looking for her murderer, since they all assume it was Sophie's drug dealer, and Sophie isn't naming any names. Of course, it's not Sophie's drug dealer, since she doesn't even have a drug dealer. The murderer and the motives are revealed by the end of the book, and they are complex, dealing with many hidden secrets that people have. These would all be spoilers, though, so I can't really delve into them.
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Dahlia Adler is officially one of my favorite authors of all time. I have read all her books so far, except for Last Will and Testament, which I willDahlia Adler is officially one of my favorite authors of all time. I have read all her books so far, except for Last Will and Testament, which I will be sure to read soon. I loved three of the four and very much liked the other. I just want to keep reading more Dahlia Adler books, because they are seriously so good. Everything about this book was just so good. The characters were fully developed, the voice was strong, and the pace was great, making it easy for me to speed through this book.
My favorite thing about this book was, without a doubt, the Cait Lizzie Frankie friendship trio. They were supportive of each other, and I loved how it was clear that they really knew each other, including random details about the other's lives from before they knew each other. Also, I loved Lizzie and Frankie both so much in this book, so I now definitely need to read their books. The interactions among the group were often hilarious.
This book also dealt with some family issues. Cait's dad is marrying his receptionist who he got pregnant. He also scheduled the wedding for the day of the lacrosse championships against Cait's wishes. Cait isn't happy with him for this. He also is moving all the way across the country and wants Cait to transfer to a school in California, which isn't what she wants. The book shows the contrast between Cait's relationship with her dad and her sister, Cammie's, relationship with him. Cammie doesn't care if she ruins her relationship with him because that already happened a while ago. She has been against their dad for a while. Cait, on the other hand, had a good relationship with him, but it is becoming messed up by the choices that he makes in this book.
The romance was good, but it wasn't my favorite thing about this book. Mase was a good guy though, and I did like seeing the development of his romance with Cait occurring for the second time. The situation was awkward at first, due to him dating her new roommate. I thought this was dealt with realistically in showing his relationship with Andi vs. his relationship with Cait and the differences. I also thought the problems between Andi and Cait due to this were dealt with well and made sense.
I also really enjoyed the plot with Jake. He was Cait's friend and a really nice guy. I really liked him and their friendship. There was a period of time that they pretended to date to hide that he was gay. They were really good as friends and supportive to each other and to their relationships.
If you like NA, or even if you don't like the usual NA, read this book....more
This was certainly a unique book because I've never read a book set in Antarctica before. I really liked the development of the characters throughoutThis was certainly a unique book because I've never read a book set in Antarctica before. I really liked the development of the characters throughout this story, as well as getting to read a book in such a unique setting.
Harper's character development was a big part of this story. She didn't know what to do with her life when her ballet plan didn't work out for her. So she ended up going to Antarctica in a science program when she wasn't even interested in science. She ended up discovering a lot of things about herself there, like a direction for her future. I really liked seeing how she changed over the time spent in Antarctica. She really found out what she wanted from her life.
I enjoyed seeing some of the friendships in the book. Kate was Harper's best friend who did ballet with her. They had a plan to be in the San Francisco ballet company together. They both said some things that they regretted before Harper went to Antarctica. Their friendship wasn't just automatically better, but they had to work on fixing what had gone wrong. Vivian worked with Harper as another research assistant. She took a while to warm up to Harper, but once she did, she was a really good friend for her. Charlotte was the person who was doing the research that Harper was an assistant for, and she and Harper genuinely became friends during the book, and Harper was there to help Charlotte during some tough times
If you like YA contemporary, read this book....more