Some facts before I begin:
1) This is my first Nina LaCour book (ducks in shame)
2) I bought into the hype surrounding this book when I requested a review copy (and it TOTALLY lived up to it)
Short and Sweet? This was a hauntingly beautiful book, filled with prose that hit you and characters so complicated and deep that you won’t be able to stop thinking about them.
Here are some of my thoughts:
1) The writing in this book was BRILLIANT. It managed to subtly shout across to me, through each word, raw pain and grief and loneliness.
“Someday is an open word. It could mean tomorrow or decades away.”
2) I went into this book not knowing what to except – it sounded good, but vague. I’d heard everyone saying it would break me, and so while I was anticipating reading it, I honestly had no idea what I would get from this book.
“We were miraculous.
We were beach creatures.
We had treasures in our pockets and each other on our skin.”
3) If you’re an “I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie” person, (like all self-respecting bookworms are) then you should know that this book is SMALL. It’s a little over that 200 pages, and I thought it would take me no time at all to finish it, but it was HARD to get through a book that made me feel so much. This book requires deep breaths, pauses to process everything you’re feeling and maybe even a few tissues.
“You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…
Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.”
4) I LOVED LOVED LOVED Marin and Mabel. I love them as friends, I loved them as individuals and I loved them together. I love the way Nina LaCour put their relationship to words – as something real and painful and happy and like two people discovering a whole new part of themselves and it was so beautiful to see how they got together and at the same time so heart-breaking to know how it all ended.
“When I think of all of us back then, I see how we were in danger. Not because of the drinking or the sex or the hour of the night. But because we were so innocent and we didn’t know it. There’s no way of getting it back. The confidence. The easy laughter. The sensation of having left home only for a little while. Of having a home to return to.”
5) THE PAIN. Like I said, this book was hard to read because you could FEEL EVERY OUNCE OF GRIEF that poured out of all the characters. I was sitting there, totally immersed in the story of two girls I knew for about fifty pages and AAH I felt everything.
I couldn’t recommend this book more.