Author: Jennifer Jabaley
Paperback: 321 pages
Publisher: Razorbill (August 6, 2009)
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5
I received this book as an ARC from ALA. I was hoping to have finished it earlier, but life got in the way and of course me being the scatter brained person that I am lost the sticky note that had the release date on it.
Emily's parents are dead, and her life is in shambles. A mysterious note scrawled in lipstick by her mother simply reads "Emily please forgive me." It's that note that sends Emily on a journey of self discovery and acceptance.
When she moves to New York with her semi famous Aunt, Emily realizes just how much her life has changed. From public schools to a private school, and of course being uprooted with out your best friend or parents. Emily struggles to fit in, and still manage to grieve.
There were parts of this book that made me want to smack Emily extra hard when dealing with the boys she meets. I love the fact that this book really showed what it's like to be young and going through all the emotions and struggles that Emily had to go through. It also showed how the choices you make can affect you forever.
It is really hard for me to explain this book without giving too much away, because it seemed to me everything hinged on something else. I will say that I couldn't imagine going through everything that Emily went through.
I would gladly recommend this book to young adults and anyone who enjoys stories that make you tear up, and feel real emotion for the characters.