I have to warn you before reading this review that this book is not an ordinary YA book which is filled with a lots of teenage drama, expected twists and a relishing ending that will make us think that life is so beautiful. If that’s what you want then immediately stop reading this review and save yourself some time.
This 240 pages book written by E. Lockhart is a host for several awards including Amazon best YA book of the month and also best YA fiction in goodreads choice awards. This book deserves each and every one of them.
The story revolves around a girl name Cadence who is visiting her wealthy grandfathers house for her summer holidays like she did every summer, and also to meet her friends and the local boy. If i reveal the story too much then i will be the most cruel person in the world which i’m not. The unreliable first person narration make the book more addicting.
You will occasionally encounter a disconcerting narration that seems at first literal, but is in fact magical realism. For example, when Cady Sinclair Eastman, the 15-year-old narrator of the book, is recounting her parents’ divorce, she describes her father packing his things into his Mercedes. Then you read this: “Then he pulled out a handgun and shot me in the chest. I was standing on the lawn and I fell. The bullet hole opened wide and my heart rolled out of my rib cage and down into a flower bed. Blood gushed rhythmically from my open wound,
then from my eyes,
It tasted like salt and failure. The bright red shame of being unloved soaked the grass in front of our house, the bricks of the path, the steps to the porch. My heart spasmed among the peonies like a trout.
Mummy snapped. She said to get hold of myself.” at first we may think that the scene actually happened which is not, it is just a poetic description of how devastated the narrator has become.
This books captured the most precious of the human emotions, it has friendship, family , love and most importantly it has “LIES”, the lies which are so bold and more beautiful than the truth. The Author can be considered as a genius in writing a story like this, this book may not be perfect (if we ever define perfect) but this will leave you with a tearful eyes and wrenching heart.
Finally, though this book mainly concentrates towards the YA audience it still has the potential to entertain the adult readers too who likes a good mystery story with genuine twists.