My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult
Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed this one. Once I got into it, I had a hard time putting the book down.
The story is about a teenage social outcast, Elise. She’s shy and hasn’t ever been great at making friends. When her last ditch effort to become popular fails, she doesn’t know what to do and thinks that maybe putting an end to her misery is the right answer. Instead, her cry for help is heard, but her life doesn’t improve much at all until a fateful night when she was out for a nightly stroll when she meets some girls outside of a club. They accept her and eventually befriend her, making her feel like she belongs for the first time in her life. She also discovers a new passion. Djing.
Even as an adult, I could relate to Elise’s feeling of isolation and ultimate desperation for someone to finally notice her. The voice of Elise felt real and honest without being overly cliche like some Y/A books seem to do. Her thought process and actions were realistic to that age without the author having to resort to the overuse of slang and outrageous over-characterizations to show she was a teenager. I really appreciated that subtlety.
WHile the story does broach suicide, it’s not ultimately about that, it’s about figuring out what you love and doing it no matter what.
Just a really lovely story told with simple but powerful prose.
Can’t wait to read more from Leila Sales.