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4.17  ·  Rating details ·  503 ratings  ·  138 reviews
One quiet night in Boulder, Colorado, Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor made a mistake.

In the next instant, her life changed forever.

Aspen doesn't want to remember the car accident that killed Katelyn Ryan, a sleek-haired popular soccer player. But forgetting is hard-- because Katelyn may have died -- but she didn't leave. Her ghost is following Aspen around, and heading into se
Paperback, 236 pages
Published June 5th 2014 by In This Together Media (first published January 1st 2014)
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Aspen is one of those books that take you by surprise because of how compulsively good they are. I was not prepared for the richness and depth of this novel.

After a car accident that killed the most popular girl in her school, and left her physically, emotionally, and mentally scarred, Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor - fabulous name, by the way - is the subject of many wide-eyed stares and bathroom gossip. She doesn't want to be pitied by the the people around her so in turn she shuts them off. She
C. Vescio
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There needs to be more books like this for YA. Straight up. While I have a major girl crush on Crane- I'm overly picky about my YA... it's not my go-to genre- but, THIS book is a confident, funny, endearing story- and a stellar sophomore novel by Crane.

The characters are solid, real and I fell in love with them. The main character, Aspen, is a refreshing, quirky girl suffering from PTSD in her final year of high school... oddly enough, I related to one of the other characters (Suzy) more, which
ARC kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Anyone who reads my reviews knows that I am a super critical reader/reviewer. I usually call out any annoyance I encounter in my reviews regardless of how minuscule it is. It goes without saying that I don't give out many 5 star ratings. As a general rule, any books that I give 5 star ratings to must meet 2 of the 3 following criteria:

1. Go on my favorites shelf. check
2. Make me feel the need to purchase a physic
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
ASPEN is the kind of book you wish would never end. The characters are finely drawn, the world is carefully created, and the relationships are meaningful and realistic. Aspen herself is such a relatable, likable character that I find myself wondering what's going on in her life now!
I wish there had been more characters like Aspen when I was reading as a teen. She's flawed, and often conflicted, but she' a great friend, a devoted daughter and all around just a good person. As readers we get to s
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-lovelies
I need to time to process feels. But wow, this showed the essence of YA Contemporaries- honest-to-god characters that are trying to get through life and just dealing with the aftermath of things. LOVE IT. Full review to come.
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
For a full and edited review go to Blame it on the books

4 Stars

“Maybe life isn’t about seeing ourselves. Maybe its about letting other people see us.”

Aspen is as emotionally lifting as it is destroying, its full of beautiful quotes and moments. Some were sad, but most made me laugh and smile. It wasn’t any bit of a surprise for me when I went on Goodreads and I saw all the 5 star reviews.

Aspen was involved in a car accident with Katelyn Ryan, a popular girl at her school. Aspen got out of
Carrie Lahain
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Note: I received an Advanced Reading Copy of ASPEN in return for an honest review.

Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor lives with her weed-loving mother in Boulder, Colorado. A few weeks before the start of senior year she's in a terrible car crash. Katelyn Ryan, the teen driving the other car, is killed. It's a horrible, bloody experience and it marks Aspen in ways that have nothing to do with her broken leg or the nasty scar across her forehead.

What's worse, Katelyn's ghost is haunting Aspen. Not in t
Paula M
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review, arc, favorite

Aspen surprised me... I know it's my fault because I don't read blurbs, but what I really expected from this book is nothing but rainbows and unicorns and sunshine. In short, I thought it was a fluffy read. Don't get me wrong, the book wasn't depressing or very sad. Nothing like that. Though, I did get teary eyed at some point. Let’s just say that ASPEN is a lightly dark read. I know, that's so weird. How can a book
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Apen was a great read! I have the pleasure of interning with Rebekah and I've learned so much from her! I have seen Aspen from the very beginning before edits, during edits and the final product! I LOVE THIS STORY.

Aspen is a gutsy girl with frizzy blonde hair who just happens to see a classmate walking around, the kicker is she's dead. Aspen was in a car accident that included her classmate Katelyn, the ghost haunting her. Katelyn's boyfriend Ben and Aspen seem to be brought together by fate, be
Witchy Richey's Booktastic Reviews
This was just absolutely fabulous! I just could not stop reading.

Aspen is a high school girl, not the popular click girl, just a girl. An accident changes all that. After the accident she becomes the person everyone want to know, wants to be friends with. She just wants to be "Aspen" again. Her mother is not what most people would consider a traditional mom. She is pretty cool though, in a "my mom is a friend" kind of way. Kim and Cass are her best friends and they are hilareous. Aspen is a sma
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: not-kids
There is SO much I love about this book, from the characters to the setting to the hilariously pithy dialogue that actually sounds like teenagers (and not just parodies of them). It is such a beautiful character study of a girl trying to find her way in the world while making peace with an unfortunate incident in her past. The character of Aspen is organically quirky, authentically cool and written with so much spice and tenderness you can't help but fall in love with her (and wish you could go ...more
Jen Halligan
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Such a great, unique story. Fantastic characterization, and Rebekah Crane captured the Boulder lifestyle perfectly.
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who likes realistic young adult fiction that touches your heart
Also posted on my blog:

I received an Advanced Reader Copy from

The Cover
I love the cover, it made me want to read the book instantly. The font is very catchy (can fonts be catchy?), the background colour is beautiful and the girl in the picture or at least her head look really like how Aspen is described in the book (though I'd imagined her hair a bit more "dirty blonde"-ish).

The Story
A terrible car ac
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hidden-gems
This review is also available on my blog:

This is a stand alone novel by the brilliantly talented Miss Rebekah Crane, who has a way with words. This novel was light and funny but also had some darker undertones and taught me a very serious and important message that truly touched my heart. It is not often that books can does this effectively, but this contemporary-romance does this to the point where it brought tears to my eyes. I didn’t even cry at the Fa
Melissa (thereaderandthechef)
*Received a digital galley thanks to In This Together Media via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Oh boy oh boy, you're in for a treat if you ever decide to read Aspen by Rebekah Crane. This little gem made me laugh insanely throughout the whole book with its dry humour and out of the norm characters. It's also a book that makes you feel all giddy inside, but also sad for the main character, Aspen, as she deals with the aftermath of the car accident she was involved in that kills a gir
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My copy was provided by Netgalley.

Aspen used to be a nobody at school. No one knew her name and the only way people recognized her was her crazy hair. The only thing weird about her is her mother who is a stoner with a weird boyfriend who smells and has holes in his pants where there definitely shouldn't be any holes. Yet one night, Aspen made a mistake that changed her life forever.

She was involved with a fatal car crash. She lived with only a cast and a scar as a reminder of the incident. The
Grace (LovingDemBooks) Z.
I'd give this book 3.5 of 5 stars. Too bad goodreads doesn't do half stars. I did like the book a lot.

But there are always reasons why I don't give a book a 4 or 5 stars. I was thinking about it, then I thought about how I was a little confused in the beginning. My reasons for giving the rating I did was because I didn't think some sentences made sense, a couple grammar and capitalization issues, and it wasn't exactly perfect. A 5 star book is considered perfect to me. No book is ever perfect. A
That's the funny thing about endings. They're usually the start of something new."

Aspen is exactly what I'm expecting it to be. It's a light and funny read but at the same time an eye-opener. How do you really start over again after something that is so awful and traumatic?

"I can't make the past go away even though it's already done..." "Maybe it's not about making it go away. Maybe it's about moving on."

The story is about Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor, a girl who got on a car accident th
ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor used to be the girl with crazy hair and a drug addict Mother whom people neither hated nor loved. Two friends whom she cared for and a loving Mother was all she had - and was content with.

An accident is all it takes to change everything. To be more specific, Aspen gets into a car accident with the most popular girl in high school, Katelyn, and suddenly everyone at school know her, gossip about he
ARC was provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.

My first impression of this book after I read the blurb and see the cover was that it’s a typical paranormal romance YA book. I think the cover suits for sweet-cute contemporary YA story, I liked it, though. It’s a pretty cover.

But when I finished reading it, I have to admit that I enjoyed it more than I thought before I read it. It still has sweet-cute romance story with funny dialogues but it didn’t quite as
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*I received a copy from the publisher (<3) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review:"

"Sometimes, what we feel can't be described because it would take every word, every sound, every emotion ever created to do it."

And That is how I felt, well feel, about Aspen. Stunned, and held captive from the first word till the very last. When it was over, I had to pull my head up from the pages and the world I found myself so completely immersed
Alina Man
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite, 2014
What an amazing story. Oh my goodness where do I start? I am ridiculously in love with this book. When I was asked if I could read it in exchange for an honest review, I immediately said yes. Not because I thought it would be good, but because I believe in supporting the indie community. I wasn’t sure what to expect since lately, most NA books have been very much alike: silly dialogue, instant attractions, bad boy meets good girl and they live happily ever after. Aspen breaks that pattern with b ...more
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I requested this book for review from NetGalley because I fell in love with the cover the minute I saw it for the first time. Likewise, I also loved the characters in this book, as well the message that forms the heart of this quirky, yet moving, novel.

Aspen is an unusual character. So is her relationship with her mom, but that is exactly what kept me glued to the pages. I was outright fascinated by the reversed-roles bond Aspen has with her mother, whom she fondly refers to as Ninny. Although
Mar 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Advanced Reader Copy provided via NetGalley by In This Together Media in exchange for an honest review.

Actual Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

What happens when a single accident could cause your life to change? One moment, you're only known as the girl who had a nest for her hair, the next you're the most talked about girl in school.

We follow Aspen through her senior year as she recovers from the trauma, gains new friends, being invited to parties and fall for the dead girl's boyfriend, along with her be
Jennifer Scott
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this story from Net Galley. Yay books.

Spoilers ahead...

I kind of have mixed feelings about this book. Here you have Aspen, a girl that was in a head on collision in a car with another girl, katelyn, from her school. Aspen survives while Katelyn, well doesn't. During pretty much through the whole book, Aspen blames herself for what happened to Katelyn. This is why Katelyn's ghost is haunting her. She has a guilty conscience. But where most people wouldn't want people to think
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it

OUaT's Review

I really loved reading this book about a senior named Aspen. She has out of control hair that is really curly. She hates it. She has a mother that thinks she still lives in the hippie days. Her mother is always having a new guy every other month and loves to smoke pot. Apen said throughout the whole book that she always calls the men in her mothers life as Uncle. Aspen is just a normal teenager that goes to high school and has friends that love her very much. Until one night Aspen s
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
**This review was originally posted on my old blog for a blog tour on July 25th, 2014. For the full review please feel free to click here.**

Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor…that is a mouth full of a name!

Opening Lines
“Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor, get your gimpy butt down here,” Ninny yells from the bottom of the staircase.”

The Good
Rebekah Crane has created a unique and simple story. I enjoyed the fact that the plot wasn’t too complex and I didn’t struggling to understand everything that was taking p
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review: I can always tell a book is good if I cry at the end. Why is always different, but the tears always come. Normally, I can tell you why a book hits home with me, but this one was not so easy. I can give you a list of things that were perfect. But when it comes down to why I loved it, I’m stumped. There’s not one answer. And there shouldn’t be. It was just that good.

The Fabulous: If I have to pick one thing, I think the trauma in this book is written really well. It’ll make you cringe.

Denise Malone
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
We've all made a mistake that we ended up regretting, especially as teenagers. Aspen is no different......except in one big way. When we make a mistake, we don't have a ghost following us around, giving us a hard time about it, but Aspen does. I'd love to go on and on, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone.

This book has spunky characters and witty banter. I absolutely loved Aspen's mom, Ninny. She made me laugh multiple times, and I loved that Aspen didn't seem to mind that her mom was a hipp
T. Rosado

I sure hope that there's a plan to re-publish this book. More people need to read it, especially if they enjoy unique and well-written YA lit that doesn't pander to the fluffy teen romance set. Just a few chapters in and I knew that this was going to be a memorable story. Aspen's refreshing young adult voice was perfectly suited to how she was raised and her surroundings. While also witty, there was an extremely sharp and poignant message that built with a rising crescendo until the end
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Rebekah Crane is the author of The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland and other young-adult novels. She found a passion for this genre while studying secondary English education at Ohio University. She is a former high school English teacher, a yoga instructor, and the mother of two girls. After living and teaching in six different cities, Rebekah finally settled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountai ...more

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