This is one of the special ones. I sit down to read a book and I expect/hope to like it. But every now and again I read a book that is totally 100% amazing, beautiful, and perfect, while also getting me to connect to it like I'm reading a letter from my best friend or even myself. THIS is that book. And I almost feel like I don't have words to tell you how much I loved it.
I think my very favorite part of this book was that Edy was going through this BIG, HUGE thing that happened to her, and I was able to relate to her in an intense way. I didn't go through anything like she did, but I do know what it's like to have problems letting my feelings out. Some aspects of Edy reminded me of myself and other people I knew as a teen. It's not something I expected to happen being that she's reacting to some major trauma, but I felt so many feeling and relived so many moments as I read about Edy's journey.
Edy guarded her feelings so closely. She didn't want anymore hurt. It was heartbreaking to read about the walls she had up around her emotions. I wanted her to let people in, but I also know how hard it is to do. I don't think there is any certain "way" someone reacts to trauma. I think people just do the best they can. The best Eden could do was especially hard to read about at times... like a train wreck you can see coming from miles back, but can do nothing to stop it. It was worth all the heart-wrenching emotions though because stories like Eden's are so SO important.
I can't wait to read more Amber Smith books. I mean, this is her first one you guys!?!! I can't imagine how she will follow this up, but I'm anxious to see. I loved every minute of this heartbreaking, harsh, fantastic, unputdownable book.
Cool Factor: The cover picture is from something that happens in the book. I love when that happens!
OVERALL: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson for a new generation. It's the best book I've read so far this year and I think it's a MUST-READ for YA (or any genre really). The subject matter is hard to read about, but I think so important.
Date Published: 3/22/2016
How I got this book: Library
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster
Add it to your To-Read List!!
This Book Contains:
- A graphic sexual assault
- High school
- A book club!!!
- Sexual situations
My Rating: 5/5
Character: Mara (the best friend)
Book: Zero by Tom Leveen
- Mara and Cameron remind me a lot of Amanda and Mike.