The last thing Laken Stewart remembers is the oncoming car, then bursting through the windshield.Two months dissolve without her knowledge and she finds herself in unfamiliar surroundings with strangers who not only profess to know her but insist she’s someone else entirely.Laken discovers her long dead boyfriend, Wesley, has been thrown into this alternate world as well. He is quick to inform her she suffered a horrible fall and that her memory hasn’t fully returned. According to Wesley the other life she had—her name, her family, they were simply a side effect of her brain trauma.In her quest for answers she meets Cooper Flanders, the son of her psychiatrist who readily believes every word she says.
Laken Stewart knows she died on that hot July afternoon, but now she’s alive—or is she?
So, this book was just meh for me. It had all the right ingredients, but it just didn’t taste right, like maybe it cooked too long? I felt for Laken (and I loved her name!), I really did. She remembers being in a horrific car crash, then wakes up in the woods, soon to be surrounded by what I describe as zombies. She then finds herself in a boarding school with some fake and some real family and friends.
But honestly after the 100th time she describes her love with Wesley as something that can’t be explained, or something even death can’t destroy, or some other cheesy analogy I wanted to bang my head against a wall. And really, if their love is so strong, what the heck is up with Cooper? I mean, I get that she feels a connection with him, since he is the only one who seems to believe her and seems to be able to help her, but come on.
And even though I finished the whole book, there are still too many unanswered questions. I get that you have to save some for book two, but I felt no resolution. It just … ended. I was just as confused at the ending as I was going in. I am the kind of person that needs at least some resolution; some closure. Even if the story isn’t over, as it obviously isn’t for these characters, I need something.
Like I said, just kind of meh for me. Maybe I am just burned out on YA and should stick to Adult and New Adult for a while. I dunno. But maybe you will like it. I would be interested to hear from someone who loved it. We all have different tastes. Let me know what you thought!
Addison Moore is the author of young adult fiction and romance. She has worked as therapist on a locked psychiatric unit for almost a decade. She is the mother of four wonderful children. She resides on the West Coast with her family and two dogs where she eats too much chocolate and stays up way too late. When she’s not writing, she’s reading.
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