I cannot believe that tomorrow is Christmas Eve! So glad I have all my shopping and wrapping done so I don’t have to brave the crowds (I hate shopping crowds) on this rainy day. (Yes, it’s raining in Wisconsin in late December. Wow, that isn’t a common occurrence – but I’m all for that instead of snow.)
I’m cutting my week off early, since tomorrow is Christmas Eve, and I’m sure everyone (hopefully) has better things to worry about than a book review. If you don’t, I’m sending you lots of love this holiday season. Take all you need; I have enough to give.
Now, on with the review.
In this story, Hopkins focusses on 3 teens from 3 very different families, but, of course they all intertwine in some way. Mikayla is almost 18 and is completely in love with her boyfriend, but, as she discovers something she never expected would happen, she finds herself faced with the true nature of Dylan and is forced to make an impossible decision. Shane is (turns) sixteen and is ignored by his parents because his little sister Shelby is incurably, deathly ill. He is dating Alex, who is HIV positive, but also the best thing to ever happen to him. Will he finally find some solace in his life or is he already on a downward spiral? Harley is 14. She lives with her mom, but wants to spend more time around her dad now that he met someone new who has a 16-year-old son Harley is swooning over. But, what happens when she gets mixed up with him? Is it what she as expecting, or does she get mixed up in something much, much worse?
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Wow, okay that was a long description…because so much is happening in this book OMG. I’m always floored by how much Hopkins can actually fit into her books, especially since she writes in (a completely unique style) prose-poetry. You’d think this would take aways from her stories, but it really just adds so much more.
I haven’t read all of Hopkins’ work, but I’m doing my best to get my hands on it. She always does such a phenomenal job. I loved everything about this book. It’s moving; it’s real; it’s heartbreaking; it’s well-written; it’s evoking; it’s wonderful. Hopkins does a fantastic job of encompassing what it’s like to be a young adult and is able to make anyone feel (and maybe even remember) exactly how it feels to be on the verge of adulthood.
I loved all these characters, and really felt for them. They were multi-dimensional and unique from each other. Hopkins captures the idea that everyone’s life and battles are exclusively their own. They are all different, and they are all valid. The realistic characters make this book even easier to compulsively read. This book is so easy to devour right up.
There’s not really too much else to say about this book besides if you haven’t read it yet, read it as soon as the opportunity presents itself, especially if you like YA Realistic Fiction. I will be continuing on my journey of getting through as many Ellen Hopkins novels as I can when I come across them.
Get your copy from Book Depository here for $11.91.
Hopkins wrote an adult companion book to this novel. I didn’t like it as much as her YA work (coming in at a 2.5/5 star rating from me), but it’s still worth the read. It’s interesting and gives you a look into what the adults in this book are going through. See my review here.
I’ll be back talking to all you lovelies on Sunday.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
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