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262 pages, Hardcover
First published September 5, 2017
“She didn't know if she could love her own mangled, strange heart. She wanted someone else to do it for her, to see it beating behind her ribs and to say, I can see your true self. It is there, and it is rare and worthy. I love you.”
“They were paragons of self-sacrificing womanhood. Like, ‘I’m starving to death! Here, eat my only bakery bun!’ ‘I can’t walk, I’m paralyzed, but still I see the bright side of life, happy happy!’ A Little Princess and Pollyanna, let me tell you, they are selling you a pack of ugly lies.”
Thankyou to the publisher for sending me an arc in exchange for my honest review
From what I recall, this was the first book that I read and was written in reverse chronological order, and let me tell you, it took me some time to get into the story. But this wasn't a minus for me, because often I find myself in this situation. This was my second E. Lockhart read, after "The Boyfriend List" and before "We Were Liars".
I find her writing style very hooking, so I decided to give it a try for her other titles as well. What I like the most at her writing, and therefore at this book, is that she is trying with success to mess with your mind. The plot though isn't that big of a deal, but the idea, the thing that you didn't know what to expect from Jule, makes you keep reading. You think that you know what Jule did, how she was thinking. But this is all, because you are kind of next to the road, without really seeing it, when it comes to this.
To be honest, I don't have that much to say about this book, other than it was a fast-paced reading, and some moments just let me like wow, in a good way. It's not a memorable book. Sometimes was confusing, and I needed to reread a couple of pages because I was just simply kept forgetting things. But this might've been just me, not the book. And the finish... Oh, the finish... Was something like you walk on the road and suddenly the road it's finished. I don't know if you get the idea, but this is how it felt for me.
The feeling about this one, after a few days, it is exactly like when you wake up in the morning, ready for the day that is in front of you, but while the day keeps going, you feel more tired with every hour that is passing and you just want to go in your bed to sleep. Do you get the idea? Yeah, I think you get it. But this won't stop me from reading her other books too, because this wasn't a very good or either a very bad book. It was just in the middle for me. Also, I found it to not stick in my mind more than a few days. So if you are looking for an easy fast paces kind of a book, then this book is for you.