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304 pages, Hardcover
First published July 21, 2015
He was basically a golden retriever in human form: big, sweet, earnest, and a little bit dumb.Can you feel the love tonight?
“Eleven people died,” I said. “One was my boyfriend. One was my best friend. One was my teacher. I knew the others, but not super well.”I suppose this book is brilliant in a way that it made me feel nothing whatsoever for those who had died, and those who had been left behind. The book was disjoint, there was no established setting, we're plunged into the middle of a tragedy without knowing much of the characters involved, and in fact, I never cared a whit for what I learned. The twist was not shocking, and completely foreseeable from the beginning. The twist actually held so much potential that could have been far more brilliantly portrayed with better writing.
"He was basically a golden retriever in human form : big, sweet, earnest, and a little bit dumb."
"Ryan assured me later as I cried that I must have been imagining that glance, because he was my twin, my other half, and he would never do anything to hurt me. I was a female version of him, after all. We shared the same genes. Had been tied together before we were even born." (Hardcover, page 8-9)
"Love, Julia. I paused and stuck the end of the pen in my mouth, considering whether I should scratch out Julia and write Lucy, who was, after all, who I'd been for over a year. I left it as it was. Lucy had never really existed, and she certainly didn't exist anymore." (Hardcover, page 137)