First of all, isn't that a beautiful cover? It's like eye candy, it's so good.
"Olive Bell has spent her entire life in the beautiful suburb of Vista Valley, with a picture-perfect home, a loving family, and a seemingly perfect boyfriend. But after a near-fatal car accident, she s haunted by a broken heart and a melody that she cannot place.
Then Olive meets Nick. He s dark, handsome, mysterious … and Olive feels connected to him in a way she can t explain. Is there such a thing as fate? The two embark on a whirlwind romance until Nick makes a troubling confession.
Heartbroken, Olive pieces together what really happened the night of her accident and arrives at a startling revelation. Only by facing the truth can she uncover the mystery behind the song and the power of what it means to love someone."
This book was well written, haunting and somehow enchanting at the same time. What I love is that from the very first page you can tell something big has happened. Nick is a weird guy, and kind of mystery that Olive is determined to figure out--if she can keep her mind off her ex-boyfriend long enough to do it. The ex is a jerk, and I'd love to see someone slap the hell out of him. Although, Nick kind of drove me crazy for a while too. Nick's secret is tragic and when it finally comes out, I think what he's been through is way worse than what Olive has been through. Even with the heavy subject matter the book tackled, it still managed to be a fast paced enjoyable read. (Disclaimer: I use the term fast paced here to mean I never really got bored, but if you're into action scenes you may not agree). One thing really bothered me. Annie. She was this confident girl with her own sense of fashion who didn't care what anyone thought. People gave her hell because she didn't want or need a boyfriend. She was more interested in finding out who she was which is what I think 17 or 18 year old girls should be doing. But it turned out Annie didn't need or want a boyfriend, because Annie wanted a girlfriend. I don't really care that she's gay. But this cool confident chick who didn't need a relationship is replaced instead by a gay girl who is afraid to come out. There are so few strong confident girls in YA that I would have loved to see Annie hold her own, no explanation needed. My only other wish for this book is that it had more romance. At moments, it felt more like a book about self discovery than a romance, which you know is what I live for. All in all, I'd say four stars.
About the Author
Jordanna Fraiberg was born in Montreal, Quebec, and currently lives in L.A., where she settled after receiving degrees from Harvard and Oxford. A former national squash champion and Hollywood film executive, she now divides her time between dreaming up stories and chasing her toddler. She is the author of Our Song andIn Your Room.