Rating: 4/5 Stars🌟🌟🌟🌟
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Sydney is a seventeen-year-old girl, stuck in the shadow of her perfect brother, Peyton, and always starving for the attention of her parents. Her mother only sees her brother and her father is barely ever there. When Peyton’s troublemaking causes him to drive drunk and cause an accident, landing him in jail, Sydney’s family is blown to smithereens.
I felt so sorry for Sydney, how she was almost ignored by her parents, especially her mother who didn’t see her or even listen to the things she had to say. It’s hard to be alone like that – trapped, helpless, unable to do anything about it. Her parents refused to see how she was drowning, with all the emotions bottled up inside her – they couldn’t even see the danger she was in.
God, Sydney’s mother made me so mad. I wanted to grab her and shake her and tell her to open her eyes already. I hate people who refuse to see the truth, who blame the victims, instead of assigning the blame where it’s due – with the culprit.
I loved the Chathams, with their chaotic, messy lives, their commitment to family – Layla, who was such a good friend & Mac – a sweet, understanding boyfriend. I loved the interactions between Mac and Sydney.
It’s amazing how Sarah Dessen packed so much into one book. Her signature insightful writing made her words a pleasure to read. Though I did have some issues with the story which are due to my own personal views on manipulators and people who enable them, this was a good book.