This was such a beautiful book. A few months ago I read a sample chapter and was sucked into the story within the first page.
Sarah Dessen writes beautifully. A single sentence can capture a lifetime of feelings that we haven’t been able to put into words ourselves.
I was a little hesitant to read this book simply because some reviews mentioned it covered some “dark” stuff. I rarely read dark or gritty books and was concerned it might not be the right fit for me. However, possibly because of personal experience, I didn’t consider the trials mentioned dark at all. Sydney’s story touched me. The whole story takes on a new perspective of things we hear about every day. It’s an incredible lyrical story that can relate to anyone who has ever had to deal with the consequences of someone else’s actions. It’ll change your way of thinking.
Peyton, Sydney’s charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion’s share of their parents’ attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton’s increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?
Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.
The uber-popular Sarah Dessen explores her signature themes of family, self-discovery, and change in her twelfth novel, sure to delight her legions of fans.