When Grace decides to go to a boarding school in Korea, she didn't really think it through. In the begininning of the book, she's on her way there andWhen Grace decides to go to a boarding school in Korea, she didn't really think it through. In the begininning of the book, she's on her way there and realizing that this is really happening. She doesn't know much about the culture, the only reason she picked it was because it was the first foreign school that came up on her Google search. While that sounds super scary and could make kind of a good premise, I wished that Grace had fallen in love with the country before going there. I have a lot of friends who love Korean culture... one so much she's moved there indefinitely. And I think the people there deserved more than Grace gave them on that respect.
There is the romance of course, which I found cute and also frustrating at times. I'm not the biggest fan of the whole "we hate each other, and then we like each other". It wasn't quite that of an extreme relationship, but they had a lot of back and forth that I found kinda boring.
The roommate Sophie was a riot. I wished she was my roommate. Also who wouldn't want their roommate to have a hot brother? That's just a win-win. Grace on the other hand came off a little harsh. She was a rich girl, from country music royalty, and you could tell. There were times when I cringed at some of the things she thought... and definitely some of the things she said. I still wanted good things for her though. I wanted her to learn and grow and not let the stuff from her past weigh on her so much.
I thought it was swoony. I thought the romance was readable and tried hard. I didn't hate it, but I wasn't in love. Very middle on this one. But I think it's worth a try!
OVERALL: Romance lovers should definitely try this one....more
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.