My first thing I’ll say is that this book reminded me of the diversity of voices in The Breakfast Club and the stunning conclusion of Stand by Me.
The second thing is a bit of a warning – you have to push past the stream-of-conciousness way Henry narrates his part of the story. It can be distracting but you have to allow yourself to be in Henry’s shoes.
Somehow Natalie pulls you directly into the minds of her main characters, and switches between voices seemlessly. As the reader you are naturally contrasting the experiences of Henry, Emily, Brogan, and Thomas. And if you’re me, you’re also comparing their lives to your own highschool experience (mine was somewhere between a Thomas and a Henry).
My heart was in my throat for so much of this story, and that’s because Natalie has a way of drawing you into the situation. It’s fascinating to see one incident from the minds-eye of four very different teenagers, and all the baggage that they bring to it (unaware of eachothers’ baggage of course).
I don’t want to spoil the story, but it is one of the coolest pieces of writing about the highschool experience that I have read in a long time. You will never look at a group of teenagers the same way.
You can enter the goodreads giveaway for an ecopy of the book here.