Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5
Genre: Contemporary YA Fiction
What did you like about the book? Grace feels like she has lost everything in the last two years. She has lost her father, her trust in the uncle that didn’t come forward to claim her while she sat in foster care, her best friend, her boyfriend, and the memory of the night that changed her life. Everything can be traced back to that night. When Grace returns to New Harbor, a place of childhood memories and first love, she must face all of the things she has lost while trying to figure out many truths. The truth of that night, the truth of her relationship with her uncle, why her best friend won’t speak to her, why things fell apart with her boyfriend; but ultimately Grace must determine the truth of how to heal herself.
I thought this book was absolutely raw and beautiful. That being said, it is not an easy read. This book deals with sexual assault as well as grief from the loss of a parent. The author does an amazing job exploring the emotions and trauma that Grace would be going through after both of these experiences. Both healthy and unhealthy ways of coping with tragedy are discussed, but ultimately Grace’s story is one of hope and acceptance.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Older YA readers – but definitely be aware of trigger warnings for sexual assault. It is discussed throughout the book as Grace learns more about what happened on the night in question, so this is not just a quick mention of violence.
Who should buy this book? High schools and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? YA Fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Emily Tricco, Hudson Public Library, Hudson, MA
Date of review: 9/17/18