Sadie, Emerson, and Miles... 3 teens interconnected in all the worst ways. Sadie has just been kicked out of her final boarding school amid criminal cSadie, Emerson, and Miles... 3 teens interconnected in all the worst ways. Sadie has just been kicked out of her final boarding school amid criminal charges. Emerson is hiding from his dark and angry past. And Miles is a sickly boy with dark thoughts. Sadie knew the 2 brothers when they were kids, and it seems her coming home for the first time in years has ignited some sort of fuse. In the end, only Miles (who sees visions) knows where they're all headed.... and it doesn't seem good.
My Thoughts: What. Did. I. Just. Read? I feel insane after reading this book. It's like nothing I've ever read before. I feel like I need a Dr. Call-Me-Tom (the school psychologist that Miles and Sadie briefly speak with) to explain some of this stuff to me.
Basically this book is about 3 teens who are missing vital pieces of their personalities. Sadie is missing the empathy part. She's a girl who does things to entertain herself, out of boredom, and just because. Mean things. And she doesn't care what the person she's doing it to is feeling. She just doesn't know how. Emerson feels more empathy than Sadie... at least he feels guilt over the things he's done. But he has a dark side that he can't really control. Miles is tougher to figure out. He's this sickly kid who gets bullied constantly. But at the same time, it's not like he's sad about the lack of human interaction. He doesn't want any.
Of all the characters Sadie stood out the most for me. I just kept wanting her to care, knowing she was never going to. That's just not how sociopaths work. They can't learn to care. The author tried really hard to make me hate this girl, but something about her, I just didn't. This is probably going to sound stupid, but I almost got to the giving up point on her when she went to the bathroom and didn't wipe just because she could. I mean EWW!!! And there were many of those random moments where I was completely disgusted with this character. And somehow I kept on hoping she would feel bad for what she did in her previous school, and hoping she would save Miles somehow.
The ending of this book is just???? I'm really not sure what I just read. I think the coolness of the writing and the short poignant chapters won me over. Also the uniqueness and feel of the entire book. But I still wished for more of an ending. And I also wished for more from Miles. I felt like he had a much bigger story inside of him and I wanted to hear it.
OVERALL: This author is not afraid to tell it. This book is creepy, chilling, frustrating, scary, (gross at times), and tries to do something out of the box. I'm not sure it completely succeeded with me, but I could not put it down. It's definitely not going to be for everyone, but I feel like it's worth a try to see if it clicks with you. If nothing else, you'll get to read good writing and something completely new and fresh.
THIS BOOK IS ADORABLE!!! Sure the title and cover art might be embarrassing for a 30-something to be seen reading in public, but so what! I was LOLingTHIS BOOK IS ADORABLE!!! Sure the title and cover art might be embarrassing for a 30-something to be seen reading in public, but so what! I was LOLing like crazy and people were looking at me like I was a nut.... I didn't care a bit because I was SO happy. I'm pretty good at hiding my emotions while reading, but I seriously could not hold in all the happiness this book was giving me.
Riley- Riley is my new book BFF. I found her so entertaining and hilarious and awesome. I loved the way she talked in her head, it was so funny and cute. For example:
"I'll be there with bells on," I say for some reason, even though I normally steer clear of old-timey phrases. Ted! Why do you bring out the dorkiest in me?"
And the way she talked out loud:
"No problem, I can meet you by your locker," I say "Not that I know where your locker is. I mean, it's alphabetical, I sort of know. Not by heart, not the number, just in general, it's near Mrs. Bullard's room, I think, right, is it?"
HAHAHA! How can you not love diarrhea of the mouth like that?? It's endearing.
I loved going along with her as she figured out boys and relationships and what SHE really wanted. It was also really nice to read about sex and it wasn't made out to be this HUGE big deal. Yeah sex is a major thing, but not everyone obsesses about the first time endlessly like it's made out to be in books and movies.
The only thing I didn't LOVE about this book was that Riley was a tad bit too music snobby for my liking. It almost felt like she was tabulating points- for or against guys based on their musical selections and knowledge. I love music, and I love when books feature music, but I don't like it when characters get all high on the music they like, like it's the only thing worth listening to. There's a lot out there that even Riley couldn't have heard, so calm down girl, just because you're in a band, it doesn't mean you have final say on all that is good music-wise. Get me?
Reid is also perfectly adorable. He's super nervous and hard on himself, and I love that we got to see (through his notebook writings) that he was the more romantic one of him and Riley. It was also nice to see a guy and a girl who could be friends and NOT cross that line into something more. Although.... part of me almost started wondering if they would be cute together.... but no it was so much better this way.
It's been a while since I read a book that made me smile so big and so many times. I honestly couldn't get enough of this cute, funny, awesome Contemporary. If you've read and liked Freshman Yeah and Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin, then I would totally say go for this, they should be cousin companion books or something.
OVERALL: YES!!!! I loved this adorable, cute, squishy, fun Contemporary. It made me smile and laugh in public. That right there says something. I rec this to anyone who needs something light and happy in their lives. Riley could very well be your next book BFF... I know she's mine.