I’m not going to lie, I saw the cover of this book on Chicken House’s instagram page, and I had to have it. It is soooooo shiny.
From the blurb:
Best friends Sophie and Tye are watching TV when a car crashes through the living room wall. The driver and passenger are twins, Harry and Gemma. Next door neighbour, eleven-year-old Issy, witnesses the accident.
In the aftermath, Tye is thrown into a coma, Gemma’s dark past begins to haunt the present, and Sophie starts to fall for Harry – but how can she, when he was the driver who nearly killed her best friend? And Issy, meanwhile, hides a terrible secret…
Sophie and her best mate Tye are having a nice evening, watching crap TV, eating junk food and really awkwardly kissing for the first time (Tye rejects her…awkward), when a car comes crashing through the living room wall.
Sophie is mostly unharmed, but Tye ends up in a coma. Harry claims to have been driving the car, and has been drinking.
Sophie gets to know Harry when she sees him at the hospital; he seems like a kind, creative person, and she can’t understand why he would drink and drive.
Sophie starts to fall in love with Harry, and feels horribly guilty about Tye. Tye could die, whilst Sophie is snogging his killer.
Issy, Sophies eleven year old neighbour knows that something was off about the crash, but she has her own problems to deal with. Issy spends most of her time looking out of the window, anything to take her mind off of what’s happening inside of her house. Issy sees everything on the street, but none of her neighbours see that she needs help.
Gemma, Harry’s twin sister is beautiful, privileged and damaged. Gemma has a job in the works, following a band around the world as their roadie. This is an amazing opportunity for Gemma, and she needs to get away from some bad people. Gemma won’t let anything get in her way…
I actually really enjoyed this book – in a lot of ways it didn’t feel like a young adult novel. A lot of the issues the characters were dealing with were quite serious, especially eleven year old Issy. The multiple perspective narrative made this book feel like an ensemble drama, and I ended up reading through the whole thing in 24 hours.
Gemma was the least interesting and likeable of all the characters; yes she has some problems, and had been in a controlling relationship, but I didn’t really care. This was a story about friendship and redemption, but again, I thought Gemma brought a lot of her troubles in herself.
I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads.
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