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307 pages, Hardcover
First published January 5, 2016
“I regret being born.”
"Denial isn't a river, it's a refuge. It's where you go for answers when the truth is a) too upsetting, b) too far-fetched, or c) too ugly."
"Regret forces us to relieve the moments we hate the most - the moments that drove us into spiraling downfalls, the moments where we stopped living and started surviving."
"Sometimes we have to start living the lives we never expected to live. Other times we pick up where one life left off. In the end, it's not about where you came from, but where you're going."
"Sometimes the picture you paint is more important than the life you're living."
"In the end, you don't give a shit what happens to me as long as it doesn't change what happens to you."
"When we have to jump,
we take a deep breath,
close our eyes
and count to three."
*CeCe’s roommate Aarti is Indian
*CeCe's brother is a drug addict
*CeCe’s family is quite poor; borderline poverty
I have been so excited to read this book. I mean, did you read the first sentence in that synopsis? If not, let me provide it for you:
Cecelia Price killed her brother.
Intriguing, isn't it? I thought so. But, let me tell you, the whole story is much more enthralling. Kelly Fiore takes us on a rollercoaster of a ride with Cecelia's story. I will warn you though, there are some serious topics presented in this book. Things like drugs, jail and a mental facility. However, it is all portrayed so realistically and I applaud Fiore for that.
I'm not going to go into a deep summary of the book, that's what the synopsis is for. Instead, I'm going to break down what I liked about it.
›› Cecelia - I really felt a connection with her, despite that opening sentence in the synopsis. I feel like everything she felt was so raw and honest. She made some mistakes but I feel like by the end of the book she really learned from them and was trying to make the best of a bad situation.
›› Formatting - I loved the fact that this book was told in past and present. I feel like it added a little something extra to the book and it let us get to know Cecelia before and after.
›› Dark Issues - As morbid as that may sound, I really love books that deal with the tougher topics in life. Mostly because life isn't always sunshine and butterflies. Some days it's hard and these books reflect that. Also, I apparently like getting my heart broken cause I keep picking these types of books up.
The last thing I need to do here is start seeing something beautiful in the disaster around me.
“Denial isn't a river, it's a refuge. It's where you go for answers when the truth is a) too upsetting, b) too far-fetched, or c) too ugly.”
“That's something I'd always admire about my brother, my role model. He could forget being hurt in favor of being happy.”
“Sometimes we start living lives we never expected to live. Other times we pick up where one life left off. In the end, it’s not about where you came from, but where you are going”
“Death is never an answer. It’s an end result. It’s a finale. But it certainly doesn’t lay questions to rest. In fact, the only thing it lays to rest is people - and, even then. I’d replace the word lay with disintegrate.
And I’d replace word rest with dust.”