Genre: LGBT, YA
Rating: dnf at 9%
Trigger warnings: I don’t know
Description: Seventeen-year-old Rhea Farrell carries the scars of a childhood accident in which she lost her arm. But she also carries scars that aren’t so visible—the loss of a mother she hardly remembers, the impact of her father’s drinking, and her confusion and pain around accepting her sexuality.
When Rhea runs away, she turns to the person she always wished she could confide in—her mother. And just like she used to do as a little girl, Rhea starts to write her letters—to tell her things she can’t tell anyone else, to share her fears, to ask for help. Rhea’s journey on the streets of New York brings her deeper into her mother’s past, where she uncovers buried family secrets. And as she finds out more about the woman her mother truly was, Rhea also discovers just what kind of woman she wants to be.
Review: 9% sure isn’t that much, is it? But this book has over 400 pages so… it still isn’t my usual ‘at least 50 pages’ approach. But I didn’t enjoy the writing style at all and all I could think while reading was ‘boooooooring’. So I gave up.
This book is written letter style – big surprise there. But it isn’t really letter style. If you take away the beginning and end of each ‘letter’ and take out the occasional thrown in ‘mum’… it doesn’t read like a letter anymore. I was really confused how unbelievable detailed her memories were… it’s been years and she still knows what people wore? I don’t think so.
I don’t like books, which have too much words in them without really saying anything, but I know a lot of people do, so if you like dramatic YA LGBT novels, give this a shot? The idea itself is very interesting and heartbreaking as well, but like I said, I sadly couldn’t get into it.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.