Heavy. If I had to pick one word to describe this book, it would be heavy. I will admit that I was initially drawn to this story because it takes place in my home state, and I was surprised it actually mentions my hometown. However, I was not prepared for the way this story would weigh my heart down. I did not expect that just over 200 pages would have such an impact on my heart. Lulu’s character absolutely broke me. I expected Quinn and Lulu’s stories to intertwine more, but the way they were told essentially side by side, allowed such an interesting perspective on how small decisions can have a profound impact on your life. I understand that this life is very much a reality for a lot of people around the world, and it made me BEYOND grateful for the life that I live and the opportunities that have been given me; however, it just wasn’t my personal favorite type of read. It was heavy from start to finish, and I didn’t even feel a moment of peace at the end.
I absolutely expect this book to get rave reviews and 5 stars from every direction, but my rating is a true personal preference. I am a reader who likes to stop at the end of the chapter, and while I liked that there were different sections, I wish they would have been further broken down into chapters. In a 200 page book, 40+ pages for a chapter is a lot.
One last small input, I was not a fan of the cover and did not feel like it would draw me in if I was to pick this up at the book store. Again, personal preference. I would recommend this book for sure, but it needs to come with trigger warnings and clear expectations of how heavy it is to consume!
Favorite Quote: “She’s not sure what life without him looks like. What she is without him. And she worries, as she always does, that her floating will sink him.”
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