Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Other Shelf Tours
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
When thirteen-year-old Cassie moves to a suburb of Seattle, she is determined to leave her boring, good-girl existence behind. She chooses some dangerous new friends and is quickly caught up in their fast-paced world of drugs, sex, secrets, and cruelty.
Cassie's new existence both thrills and terrifies her. She embraces the numbness she feels from the drugs, starts sleeping with an older boy, and gets pulled into a twisted friendship triangle that is tinged with violence and abuse. Cassie is trapped in a swift downward spiral, and there's no turning back.
The first word that pops into my mind about this book is that it was bold. The writing, the characters, and all the events that happen are right there in your face. I'm not a big fan of reading about younger teens so I was surprised how easily I connected with Cassie being as she was thirteen. Still a little surprised that the author made her that young, but at the same time it is very realistic.
By the style that Amy Reed writes, I felt myself being just as foggy as Cassie's life started to be. Right from the get go you watch her start to go downhill. She's slowly destroying herself and you're just waiting for someone or anyone to jump in and stop it. The story was good - haunting even and I did enjoy it. But (yes, there is a but) I felt as if I had already read this story before. I can't really explain it besides that it didn't feel new to me. Still, I think Amy Reed has an excellent and powerful voice, and I am looking forward to seeing what she'll come out with next.