WARNING ***** CONTAINS SPOILERS*****
In times of tragedy, we all find ourselves asking the same question. Why?
Anna and Caleb are no exception, when her best friend, Caleb’s step-sisterr commits suicide.
18-year-old Anna finds herself Leaning on Caleb after they find his step-sister sister, Anna’s best friend, Jessie dead in the bathtub after having committed suicide. As she tries to move on an heal, Anna starts to realize that her once sibling like feelings for Caleb are no longer platonic.
Caleb, lead guitarist for a local band, Fringe, Has got it bad for Anna. He has for awhile now, but is it really ok for him to be with her when everything they have is based on a lie? Night after night, he tries to comfort Anna when she asks him repeatedly why Jessie killed herself. He can’t tell her, he can’t tell anyone what was in her letter, no one would understand. All he knows is it’s all his fault and Anna would never understand, she’d hate him.
Everything is going great; Anna and Caleb are together, she’s even given herself to him. She’s singing lead for Fringe now, yet she just can’t get over Jessie’s suicide. An as they tend to do the secret that Caleb has been keeping comes out. Anna is devastated, her world is turned upside down again by another person she loves.
Not feeling as though she can forgive him, Anna runs to L.A. to go to school. A Big break for Fringe is the perfect reason for Caleb to track her down and try to explain, Will Anna be able to get out of her own head long enough to Hear him out, or will she give into the pain and let everything she loves go?
Sydney Snow Took on a sensitive subject such as suicide, and did it with such grace. I found myself crying within the first few pages, as the subject is a little close to home for me, but her story made me realize that the why, no matter what it is, doesn’t matter. Any life taken by one’s own hand is a senseless tragedy that no amount of “why” can heal.
Anna, Caleb, and Jessie’s story was full of raw emotion; I literally, laughed, cried, got angry, and shouted WHAT, while mourning right along with them. When the contents of the letter are finally revealed, you will no doubt have a “I never saw that coming” moment.
I am thoroughly impressed with Sydney Snows debut novel and cannot wait to read anything else she puts out! I would happily recommend this book to anyone over the age of 18.