Edie has had enough cruelty. She doesn’t leave a note, she just makes plans to end her life and stop the day-to-day suffering. She is stopped by someone named Kian who makes her a deal too intriguing to refuse. After all…life can’t get any worse. The problem is that when Edie gets close to those she wants to exact revenge upon, she begins to sympathize with the people she once despised, and now she can’t find a way out of her bargain.
Ahhhh the complicated review. Love these. When you read a book that is on such a tough topic, sometimes your own opinions and thoughts can get in the way of the review. First, I loved the creative way that Ann Aguirre dealt with the topic of suicide and what leads up to someone being so desperate. The characters are well developed and the plot interesting. There is really just once scene that I’m really conflicted about because what I think is a double message. There is a scene in the book where Edie doesn’t want to have sex with Kian because of the situation. She says “Sex should be about love or pleasure, not sadness.” Then they basically have sex but with their clothes on (he even has to shower to clean up). It just bothered me.
Quotes So weird, two of my favorite quotes aren’t even from the book:
Dedication: “For the survivors: That which did not kill us made us stronger.”
Author’s Note: “The sadness passes, even when you think there’s no hope. But you have to be fierce; don’t let anyone take away your inner light. You are important. You matter. And if you quit before you’ve begun, the world will be lesser for it.”
On normal. “This is normal. Feels like another country. But…I could get used to living here.”
Recommended Grade: 9th-Adult (language and above scene)
Genre: Realistic Fantasy
Overall Opinion: Undecided. Can I say mostly recommended with a little average?
Source: eBook from Netgalley