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373 pages, Hardcover
First published May 17, 2016
The first letter of each word is printed in oversized capitals that align vertically to spell out FINE.
Waverly Camdenmar is an achiever in everything she touches or starts; she is one from the popular crowd, and from the first sight has everything she wants, but deep down she is a lonely person who only shows a mask to people, playing her social role perfectly, when in reality she is unfeeling and cold. Her hobby is to collect posters with famous sociopaths on her room's wall and to run until her feet bleed. Oh, and she is a grammar nerd, which is a good thing, but also shows how obsessed she is with order in everything. She can't understand how a person can be attached to anything or anyone, how can a person share their true feelings with others. You can say that Waverly Camdenmar is a bright girl on the outside and a robot on the inside. So yes, my question whether she is a sociopath is valid, but also things are more complicated than that.
Our other character Marshall Holt is a person who feels too much and can't hide emotions from others; he suffers a lot because of it and his family is a mess which adds more anguish to his person. He tries to find salvation in random hook ups with a girl he doesn't even like, but okay with knowing that she likes him: he just wants to be loved; he drinks himself into oblivion and takes drugs to numb those raging feelings inside. It works for a time and then it starts all over again.
And so one night Waverly appears in one of the parties where Marshall tries once again to numb the world around. It would've been a random meeting if not for a fact that only Marshall can see Waverly; for other people she is invincible. And so their story begins. She starts to appear more often in his room at night where they share their secrets and pains with each other. And that is where my problems began. It appears Marshall was in love with Waverly for a long time and she is suddenly in lust with him. There wasn't anything like new adult style with lust and itching nether body parts, but how quickly characters started to make out was a little bit off for me, though I still liked them as a couple. The second "worry" moment was this ability of Waverly's to dream herself into Marshall's room. It wasn't explained anyhow and characters didn't even mull about it a lot: just five minutes or so, You can't explain how you appeared in my room? Heck, who cares, let's share teary stories and make out. The problem is, apart from space travel (?), the story has no oddities, and why did author decided to use this one thing as a tether to connect characters, and then when they did, she easily disposed of it. I felt tricked in the end and left without explanation.
As I mentioned before, this book is also about friendship and this topic was one of the important ones. We observe Waverly's friendship with her best friend and see how unhealthy it is, how unfeeling these both girls are and it was a comfortable veil for them - this friendship - but only until Waverly learned that there's more to any relationship than being perfect for your friend.
All in all, it was a good, but strange book and I don't know whether to recommend it to someone or not. If you read other Brenna's books, you approximately know what to expect from this one, if not, well, try Places No One Knows and figure out whether it's to your liking or not. I can only add that there wasn't any poetic writing but feelings and emotions were well developed and made me sympathize with the characters: the main ones and the secondary ones, which were also well-rounded and weren't just hanging in the background but played an important role in the story.
¿Por qué estás tan decidido a destruirte?
Nos saltamos todo lo que las personas normales comparten. No hablamos sobre las series que vemos, ni sobre las canciones que nos gustan o las que no soportamos. Ni tampoco sobre nuestros colores favoritos, números o comidas, ni sobre un centenar de datos básicos que la gente intercambia para empezar a conocerse. Pero, a cambio, las cosas que sé de él son verdaderas de un modo que no puedo explicar. Implican un tipo de cercanía que jamás pensé que tendría con nadie.