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Read my Book Review
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Genre: Women's Fiction. YA Fiction. Social Issues.
This is a very, VERY good book. If you read the blurb, you are going to assume that it is an emotional read though, but let me tell you, it's not. It's not the type of book that is going to make you cry. Sure, the subject matter is sad, but the entire story is not about just the death of these girls. Rather, it is a story of 4 different characters who are each affected by the tragedy in some way. One is a mother. The other is a friend. Then you have the "responsible" party, and a teacher. How they are all affected is up to the reader to find out. But be aware that there are four very important stories told within this one and it is going to open your mind and eyes when you are reading.
Now, I have a bit of a hard time classifying this book into one simple genre because honestly, it is anything but simple. There are young adult aspects as two of the leads are teenagers, and the girls who tragically died are also teens. But we also have the perspective of one of the mothers and a teacher who is inadvertently involved as well. I guess it could go either way- both adults and young adults can enjoy this one, so I'll leave it at that.
I can't really go into specifics about this plot because it would ruin the entire story for those who want to read it. But I will say that it is more than just a tragic story about three teenagers deaths. It is also a realistic portrayal of the aftermath of tragedy that affects many. There are underlying stories of assault as well, but it is not the main focus, just one side of the story. Finally, it deals with many tough issues- ones that should be talked about with your children (if you have any).
I personally took a lot away from this novel and I think many readers will too. So for that, and the unique quality of this work, I would recommend it to ya'll.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Special thanks to the author and publishers for sending me a copy through netgalley.