- Reading level: Young Adult
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: HarperTeen; 1 edition (May 11, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061429228
- ISBN-13: 978-0061429224
- Author's Website: http://www.alicekuipers.com/
My New Year's resolution: I'm moving on from everything that's happened. I'm not going to talk about it, think about it, let the memory pounce upon me like a waiting tiger, nothing.
All Sophie wants to do is forget. But it's not easy now that everything's changed. The house feels too big, school drags on for too long, lights are too bright, the room spins, and her hands get sweaty for no reason. And she can't remember why she was ever best friends with Abigail, who is obsessed with parties and boys. Only the new girl, Rosa-Leigh, with her prose poems and utter confidence, might understand. But talking to her seems impossible.
Lost in memories of the life she once had, Sophie retreats into herself. But there's only so long she can keep everything bottled up inside before she explodes. Maybe by confronting the tragedy of her past she'll figure out how to fix her future.
This book is like an infection. I started it without knowing anything about it. As I was reading I found the story intriguing, but what took me a little while to realize was that every time I was forced to put it down it got more and more difficult. It was like there was a web weaved slowly, connecting me to the book, until I wasn't able to set it down anymore. I had to finish it. Even though this isn't the happy chick-lit novel I'm used to, I loved it. The story was moving, and even though I've never experienced anything like the tragedy she went through, I found Sophie's character extremely easy to relate to. I also liked that even though it was written like a journal, it was still very detailed and I didn't feel like I was missing big parts of her life. Predictably my favorite character was Rosa-Leigh. I loved her because she was understanding towards Sophie and she was comforting when Sophie was sad but she didn't let her wallow in self-pity or not live her life just because of what had happened. She helped Sophie to move on, and realize that just because her sister died, that doesn't mean Sophie had to also. I would definately reccomend this book to everyone.
You might like to know: This book has some profanity, violence, and sexual dialog. For more information, check out Lost For Words on Parental Book Reviews.