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304 pages, Hardcover
First published January 26, 2016
There’s a reason for everything, if you look hard enough. An answer for every mystery.
"She said this feeling inside her was . . . it was anti-feeling. Like a black hole in space, and everything—happiness, anger, hope, meaning—it would all get sucked in, tipped over the event horizon, and she couldn’t feel any of it.”
Jessa tips her head onto my shoulder. “Who needs boys, anyway?”
Resting my cheek on the top of her tangled hair, I try to smile. “Definitely not us.”
“Imogene Mei Scott, you need to realize that you’re a strong young woman who is perfectly capable of having a great time sans male.”
“One night, my mother left us, taking a suitcase, no money, and half of the heart with her. She sent the divorce papers through a process server a little while later.”
“This happened, he knew from his school days; with enough time and the right conditions, precious stones could grow in hollow places.”
The women in that family were cursed. They could be lonely wherever the were.
“The bedtime story my dad used to tell me began with my grandmother’s body.”
“There’s a reason for everything, if you look hard enough. An answer for every mystery.”
This book wasn't bad, but it didn't blow my socks off either. It has tons of promise. The premise was enough for me to buy the story. The execution of it though, plus the revelation towards the end, was not really my cup of tea.
A stone heart
Ambiguous clues to the past
I usually enumerate the prominent characters in the book on this part of my review, but for this one, I'll just focus on the main character, Imogene.
Imogene never knew her mum. She only grew up with her dad, then eventually, her stepmother, Lindy, who was actually pretty nice.
I actually really liked Imogene and her persistence. She wanted what she lost to be found. She was going to do whatever it takes to get them back, to find out what happened in her past.
I really liked how she felt like a real teenager. She had angst, but not too much that it ends up being annoying.
♦ THE ATMOSPHERE OF MYSTERY
This book really hooked me and got me glued to its pages. You really are curious as to what really happened and why Imogene's parents disappeared. You weren't sure if it was because of a supernatural reason or if it was just because they were depressed people. You have no idea what was happening, and I loved that.
Teens don't always make the most sound decisions. They make mistakes, they don't think things through, and are very often reckless. You'll see that here. But also, you don't see lovestruck teens who has nothing in their brains but boys or girls.
♦ IMOGENE HAS TERRIBLE PARENTS
I really hated her parents. They were selfish, and honestly, just don't deserve to have kids.
♦ IT WAS TOO SLOW
I'm not really a big fan of slow books, and for me, this was one of them. I get why because you'd have to build the tension, but then again, parts of it dragged longer than was necessary.
♦ THE CLIMAX WAS A LET DOWN
I was really expecting to be blown away by the revelation of what really happened to Imogene's parents… but I wasn't. Usually, I'm happy when a book surprises the shit out of me, and this one did, but not in a good way. I really wished it was something more.
I really couldn't think of any book like this at the top of my head right now.
I liked this book for the most part, but the ending really let me down. The thrill of the mystery was done well. Too bad the revelation really didn't deliver as well as I hoped it would.
"She said I was a 'partner in the family', and never treated me like a pain, or the price of marrying Dad, or some pathetic little half orphan."
There's just something about a mystery. You've got this question ratting around your head, so all-consuming that there's hardly room for anything else. [...] But the whole time, you have faith that you'll have your answer by the last page.
But I have better friends, who I know all about - Daphne du Maurier, Agatha Christie, Caroline B. Cooney, Graham Greene. Is it really so weird to feel close to them than anyone else? I can count on them, in the end.