Brooke was just killed in an accident, but a part of her is still here. Seeking answers, she sets out to retrace her life and soon meets others like herself, among them, Tyler. Tyler remembers Brooke from before, and so she hesitantly gives him the one thing she never bothered to when they were alive; a chance. Together, they visit the people and places in their small beach town that once held meaning to them, developing a mutual, grudging respect as they learn to view life in different and unexpected ways.
Tyler soon decides that they must let go of their pasts if anything is to change, but Brooke can’t bring herself to say goodbye just yet. As she watches the impact of her death on her loved ones, Brooke questions her desperate need to hold onto a life that’s no longer hers. But how can she let go of a life she’s barely begun to live?
A bittersweet story about family, friendship and the impact one life can have on others, no matter how young it is.
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for a honest review
When I accepted this e-book, I had no idea how much I was going to absolutely love it. You read books detailing grief and people dying all the time, but to flip that on it’s head and be written from the person who has died is not a concept that I ever even thought of.
This book is a beautifully written, heartfelt explanation of a girl dealing with her own death and watching her friends, family and acquaintances grieve. I didn’t think that it would be so damn heart-wrenching until I actually started reading it. At about 14% in I considered stopping and taking a break because I just couldn’t believe how sad it was.
I’m glad I continued and read it within two days because the entire story is so worth it.
I loved Brooke. She was such a sweet, determined character and I loved how she dealt with the situation she was in. She did, what I think, a lot of us would do if there’s any sort of life after death: she followed her family around and made sure they were okay. She kept an eye on her best friend and she made friends with a dead guy.
Tyler was an awesome opposite to Brooke’s character. I love the friendship that built between them even though they lived such different lives.
The twist at the end was pretty obvious from about the 3rd or 4th chapter, but other than that, this book was absolutely fantastic. If you’re looking for something to make you sad but also make you feel all the feelings, check this out.
Until next time,
In the spirit of this wonderful holiday, I’m going to do a giveaway! All you need to do is comment on and like at least one post during the next 25 days and you’ll be entered to win a book($20.00 or less) of your choice from Book Depository. Winner will be chosen and announced December 29th.