Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Source: ALA Midwinter
Age Group: Teens
Genre: GLBTQ Contemporary
Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.
I wonder if it is easier to just run and not face the truth. To hide behind a new life and forget everything and everyone from your past. But what will you do when your past pays you a visit. For Marin, is this possible? Can she confront her new life and go back to find the girl she gave up?
This is a novel that can be read in a matter of hours but if read properly can make it feel like days have past. LaCour gives us these beautiful and intricately written scenes that play with our emotions like a violin. And the great thing about them is how the simplicity of them make it a potential reality for some.
Marin is the perfect character that authors must strive to write. There was this complexity yet ease of a person that by end bared her hidden vulnerability and made her feel real. There were some flaws that I did question but who doesn't have flaws. We are all human, aren't we?
I think LaCour's take on the relationship between Marin and Mabel is something we have all faced. There is this awkwardness of seeing someone for the first time in a while, to those emotional moments of realizing how important it is to keep close those you love and those who love you. This relationship made the book, and it is what gave me hope.
I am glad I waited to read this book but most importantly I am glad to have read it when it I did. Whenever I am going through tough times, I lean towards my books in hopes of finding an escape and/or even answers. LaCour was that light that I needed and she can be yours as well. So if you are looking for a book to know you are okay, don't pass this up.
I give this book 4 souls!