by Carol Lynch Williams
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (May 1, 2012)
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After her brother’s death, a teen struggles to rediscover love and find redemption in this gripping novel.Carol Lynch Williams has written a very powerful and moving story about a young woman's struggle to regain her footing in life after the suicide of her brother. The book is structured in a very unique way that adds to the intensity of it. The story is told in first person by London and is put together in short, choppy chapters -- sometimes only a few sentences -- which conveys the drama that the main character was experiencing.
Growing up, London and Zach were as close as could be. And then Zach dies, and the family is gutted. London’s father is distant. Her mother won’t speak. The days are filled with what-ifs and whispers: Was it London’s fault?
Alone and adrift, London finds herself torn between her brother’s best friend and the handsome new boy in town as she struggles to find herself—and ultimately redemption—in this authentic and affecting novel from award-winning novelist Carol Lynch Williams.
The structure of the book and the intensity of the story make it easy to read and hard to put down. I read it start to finish in one day. There were many layers to this story and each was dealt with in a complete and serious manner. The underpinning of the story is the relationship these characters have with God and their life as missionaries in foreign countries. Layered on that is the way this family adapts to life in the USA, regular jobs and high school. When tragedy of the worst sort strikes them it challenges everything in their lives. London tries desperately to find someone or something to anchor her life to when it seems the whole world, including her mother and best friends, has turned its back on her.
I really liked this book even though the subject matter is a difficult one and it's not a "fun" read. I recommend this book highly.
- Sexual Content: Moderate
- Profanity: Mild
- Violence: Moderate (suicide)
- Other Notables: Reference to drug use, religious references