Max would follow Sadie anywhere, so when Sadie decides to ditch her problems and escape to Nebraska for the summer, it’s only natural for Max to go along. Max is Sadie’s confidante, her protector, and her best friend. This summer will be all about them. This summer will be perfect.
And then they meet Dylan. Dylan is dark, dangerous, and intoxicating, and he awakens something in Max that she never knew existed. No matter how much she wants to, she can’t back away from him.
But Sadie has her own intensity, and has never allowed Max to become close with anyone else. Max doesn’t know who she is without Sadie, but she’d better start learning. Because if she doesn’t make a decision—about Dylan, about Sadie, about herself—it’s going to be made for her.
I got this ARC for Easter (along with A Touch Mortal & A Touch Morbid by Leah Clifford) thanks to Aunt Angela (a Reading Angel) and devoured all three books in a day and a half–not excluding the eating and sleep time associated with Spring Break. This book is about Sadie, who is a bit reckless-for lack of better word-and Max, who is a sort of mother/protector towards her best friend going to Nebraska to spend time on a communal farm miles from civilization (remember these girls are from Seattle, talk about major culture shock) with Sadie’s somewhat awful mother. If I go into too much more detail, I’m going to start giving away things. We wouldn’t want that now, would we? Anyway, the very first thing I noticed about this book is the unique point of view. It’s written from Max’s POV but the best way to explain it is kind of like Max is writing a letter to you, telling you about the adventure you two have had and how she experienced it (she isn’t really writing a letter, though. It was just the best thing I could thing of.) You’re Sadie. I liked that it was different in that aspect. In short, this book is about finding yourself, sacrificing others, and following your heart, even if it hurts. That sounds selfish, but if you read it you will understand. It also makes you think about what it means to love and be loved and to be hurt but keep going anyway. It’s pretty deep, heavy stuff in the long run. I don’t see how anyone could finish this book and hate it. It’s unique, spiteful, wonderful. And about a million other adjectives that I doubt anyone really wants me list.
I’ll probably pass my ARC to another lucky blogger once my best friend Rachael finishes it. She is absolutely in love with Amy Reed. So be looking for that soon.
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