Author: Donna Cooner
Release Date: August 26th, 2014
Date Read: August 3rd, 2014
Point of View: Single (Torrey Grey)
Writing: First Person | Present Tense/Past Tense (Flashbacks)
Genre: Young Adult | Realistic Fiction
In a Nut Shell...
Sweet and heartbreaking story.
Advance Reader Copy provided by Point
This book exceeded my expectation. I loved how simple this book seemed, and yet still managed to touch such a heartbreaking subject. It wasn't a typical book about a girl trying to be popular. Well, Torrey did try to attach herself to the most poplar girl in her new school, but that wasn't what made this book interesting. To me, I think the way she tried to cope with her sister's death and to find who her real friends were astonishing. It was a story about grief, friendship and so much more.
Torrey was a complicated character. I didn't like how shallow and bitter she seemed at the beginning of the book. She was way too bothered by how people thought of her. There were still a lot to like about her, though. As the story progressed, I began to like her character more and more. I liked how strong she became and how she tried to become a better person.
Other characters were also well-developed. Luis, for instance, was so charming and I loved him dearly. Raylene, Torrey's cousin, was so sweet and weird in an adorable way.
As for the writing, I loved the pace and the great transition from one scene to the next. It was smooth and straight to the point. The flashbacks warmed and broke my heart simultaneously, and I was glad for those since it helped me get to know Miranda, Torrey's dead sister.
All in all, it was a wonderful and heartwarming story about a girl trying to get over her sister's death. I'm not into YouTube sensations and I totally don't care about that whatsoever, still I found myself enjoying this book more than I had expected.