Published On: April 5, 2018
Published By: Simon & Schuster
Genre: YA, Contemporary
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Around the time that Freya loses her voice while recording her debut album,
Harun is making plans to run away from home to find the boy that he loves, and
Nathaniel is arriving in New York City after a family tragedy leaves him isolated on the outskirts of Washington state.
After the three of them collide in Central Park, they slowly reveal the parts of their past that they haven't been able to confront,and together, they find their way back to who they're supposed to be.
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
I loved this book a lot.
I'm really struggling with reviewing this book because all I want to say about it is that I loved it. Everything about it. You should read it. Is that enough of a review?
Great characters, all completely different.
This book follows three main characters and they are all completely different with their own distinguishable personalities. I enjoyed reading about all of them and liked how their individual stories were told. All of the characters were relatable in their own way and I feel like you can find something of yourself in each one.
It was written so well.
I'm usually quite hit or miss when it comes to books set over one day. There are some books following this 'trope' that I love but there are also those that just don't quite pull it off as well as I would like. It is so common for instalove to become a prominent feature of these types of stories. Thankfully, this one was done so well. There was no instalove and nothing felt rushed. I also really liked how the each characters story leading up to this day was told in instalments and the way in which things were revealed.
There was so much diversity within this book.
We had racial and cultural diversity, a gay main character, mental health rep and a lot of other important topics of discussion. Gayle Forman did a great job of incorporating so many important factors into a relatively short novel and, in my opinion, did so very effectively.
The ending had me on the fence.
I really liked the ending, don't get me wrong, but it caught me by surprise. It was a good, fitting ending but I wanted a little bit more. I wanted another couple of chapters or an epilogue of some sort and the fact that I didn't get that almost made me drop half a star on my rating. However, once I got over the fact that book was over and that was the ending I was able to accept he ending for what it was; quite beautiful.
Overall, I loved this book to the point of not being able to review it completely coherently. I never know what to expect with Gayle Forman as her less hyped books seem to catch me by surprise. I didn't expect to love this as much as I did, particularly as the synopsis didn't totally pull me in, but it is definitely so much more than the synopsis describes. I would definitely recommend picking this up, especially if you are feeling a little lost in your own life, it'll take you on a wild, emotional ride.