A private island
A brilliant, damaged girl;
A passionate, political boy
A group of four friends
Whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies. True love. The truth.
Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
I haven’t done one of these in a while, but I had to with this book. I need a mourning period though just thinking about it makes my heart-ache [I’m an empathic type of girl, the struggle is real.]
If and when you read this book you should know not to reveal the secrets otherwise the book is ruined and won’t have the impact that it truly deserves. It’s best to go into this blind and deaf… the less you know the better, just know John Green said it was good, it must be good.
This book is so seductive with its secrets, E. Lockhart is phenomenal. I’ve only read two of her books but they were both exceptional in the use of retrospective.
Most of the story takes place in Summer, but this is not your typical summer read this is more psychological.
The bullet hole opened wide and my heart rolled out of my rib cage and down into a flower bed.
That’s how I felt when I finished the book.
The setting is well built and believable, the characters have depth, and body. They had beautiful contraditions like normal people. Lockhart really grasps the thought process of a teenage mind through the four teenagers. And the connection they have with each other, the easy relationship confined to summer [that I'm not unfamiliar with.]
And hot damn the metaphors and figurative language in this novel is so beautiful and powerful, the kind of impact I have rarely experienced is impressive.
Though when reading this I was unsure where this was goin to go we have an unreliable narrator, with amnesia this could have went anywhere.
I went through an abundance of outcomes of what happens because I really I just didn’t know. But Lockhart is sly, there are crumbs in the most unexpected places, that I only realised in the end.
You’ll see In the end, and when you get there, lets keep it a secret.