I was lucky enough to win this book through the First Reads giveaway from goodreads.com.
of all, I love the cover. It would be something I would pick up off
the shelf if I didn't know exactly what I wanted to read. I also
thought it was great because it was a really quick read, it was just
over 100 pages so it wasn't something that would intimidate people who
aren't really readers.
I could defiantly connect with the main
character Mary. Not only did I have coke bottle glasses that I got
picked on for as a child, but I also didn't know when to keep my mouth
shut. We got to see things a little bit from her brothers perspective,
but I felt like if we were going to add him into the main character
list, why not also add her sister Gwen and maybe even her younger sister
Rose. I would have liked to know more about there life in Penn. and
maybe it would have shed light on the reason Gwen was the way she was. I
understand that the author wanted to focus solely on Mary but since she
added a little perspective through Paul I don't think it would have
been a stretch to add a couple more chapters covering all the siblings.
All in all though I thought it was a solid story, I think it's something that most teens would be able to relate to.
thing, and this has less to do with the book than it does the author,
but at the end when she was thanking people she added that a Lifehouse
song inspired her. I have often wondered if books would be enhanced by
music that the author has picked out to accompany the book.