by Patricia Perry Donovan
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
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Goodreads: On the night of Alex Carmody’s sixteenth birthday, she and her best friend, Cass, are victims of a terrible car accident. Alex survives; Cass doesn’t. Consumed by grief, Alex starts cutting school and partying, growing increasingly detached. The future she’d planned with her friend is now meaningless to her.
Meg Carmody is heartbroken for her daughter, even as she’s desperate to get Alex’s life back on track. The Birches, a boarding school in New Hampshire, promises to do just that, yet Alex refuses to go. But when Meg finds a bag of pills hidden in the house, she makes a fateful call to a transporter whose company specializes in shuttling troubled teens to places like The Birches, under strict supervision. Meg knows Alex will feel betrayed—as will her estranged husband, who knows nothing of Meg’s plans for their daughter.
When the transport goes wrong—and Alex goes missing—Meg must face the consequences of her decision and her deception. But the hunt for Alex reveals that Meg is not the only one keeping secrets.
Kritters Thoughts: Alex Carmody had a major tragedy happen on a big day for her and as her family is falling apart she hits some major bumps. Her mother decides that sending her to a new place may be the best reset, but she may need someone else to get her there safely. So she hires Carl and Begin Again and things don't go as planned.
I appreciated that the book was less about the tragedy that sent her spinning, but the after effects. I think sometimes a book that has a tragedy, the tragedy is the main focus and I enjoyed reading about what came after for Alex and how she wasn't coping. And although the reader knows that the transport is going to go awry, we don't know how and when and that was enough for me.
I also love that this was told from multiple perspectives - I always love when more than one character tells the story because I just feel like the story feels fuller. The chapters were easily labeled which was nice, but each character really had their own voice so it was easy to switch from one to another.
Lastly, this book is about family. I loved the flaws that this family had and how they were deep rooted. This family felt real and their issues felt real because one fed off the other.
This was a great debut and I am definitely excited to see what comes next from this author.
Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.