This is a book which I am having real trouble actually judging, some parts of it were fantastic and the ending was beautiful; but others made me wantThis is a book which I am having real trouble actually judging, some parts of it were fantastic and the ending was beautiful; but others made me want to scream. Her focus on grades and being valedictorian after the accident really jarred for me, and I felt that the characters of her father, Decker and the other boy, were not as good as they could have been.
It was a good book though. It really was, although I did feel that the issues were not fully explored and it could have been so much longer and better. This is one of those books, where I could understand someone giving it a very low rating and I could justify a 5/5 rating too. It is hard to judge this book, hard to give it a rating even, so really I'm going to give it the rating which I think will be it's average.
It is a nice, quick story, and the ending redeemed it for me....more
I couldn't finish it, it is poorly written in comparison to the books I have been reading lately and I found the third person narrative spoiled it - tI couldn't finish it, it is poorly written in comparison to the books I have been reading lately and I found the third person narrative spoiled it - the idea was OK but the not fully explored and quite biased religious focus alongside the irritating characters meant I had to give up. I read until around 65% through before realising I just couldn't bear to waste more time on a book I wasn't enjoying....more
This is one of them books that you pick up thinking 'this will fill a few hours' but then the almost lyrical prose and harshness of the situations makThis is one of them books that you pick up thinking 'this will fill a few hours' but then the almost lyrical prose and harshness of the situations makes you sit up and think "OMG WHEN IS THE NEXT BOOK OUT" like a fangirl. So yeah, obviously it was great!...more
**spoiler alert** Hmm... There was something wrong with this book. And I don't mean the people dying and the terror - because THAT was great. The firs**spoiler alert** Hmm... There was something wrong with this book. And I don't mean the people dying and the terror - because THAT was great. The first half of the book, to be precise the first 58% (Kindle) was AMAZING. I was engrossed, literally could not put the book down. And then... I stopped caring as much, when part three, mortality, began. The first thing she does upon waking? Ask stilted questions that could not be her main priority. Worry about her mother's death, worry about her family and even Leo sure. Do not worry about other people, screw them. I know that seems harsh, and maybe she was just so much of a better person than I am, but in a time of need like that you need to be thinking only about those that matter to you - the conversation just after she woke felt a little stilted.
However, don't get me wrong, there was lots I loved! Her father's death, from something so much worse than a virus - human panic; her sister's near miss (that felt a little... off to me, as if it was a forced happy ending but I loved it all the same). The way Uncle Emmett was shot, and the panic felt after, but most importantly the way Tessa and Gav became part of life - joined together by the way things happened. I just feel like after the first half, the horror was all gone. She had survived something that was unsurvivable, and to me that just didn't ring 100% true.
I love a happy ending (she had Merideth and Gav and Tessa and Leo) but in this case I am starting to wonder if an ending synonymous to the nursery rhyme the title reminds me of would have been better-
Atishoo! Atishoo! They ALL fall down.
OK, maybe not the main characters, not all of them at least but I would have loved a little more info about it all; the ending was so quick.
This book was nice, a good stand alone story, one that I felt held such promise and then just fell ever so slightly - I did enjoy it though, and it was one that did chill me just a little. Like it, maybe not love, but it was a fun read and definitely something that will make me read the next book by Megan Crewe!...more