Publication Date: May 26th, 2013
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: Got it from the Making Connections group on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
“The new girl has scars on her arms, like mine..."
Sophie thought her senior year was going to be the best. That was before the new girl Laney arrives in her art class. Now, instead of good times hanging with her friends, everyone is acting strangely. Paul is angry all the time, Kevin and Jenna aren’t quite the perfect couple anymore, and everyone is ignoring Evan.
Sophie knows there's something different about the new girl. Something that seems to be tearing her group of friends apart. When Evan starts dating Laney, it looks like the end of the Art Kids… but maybe Sophie isn’t seeing the whole picture. Something happened last May... something Sophie doesn't want to remember...
This book was such a nice surprise! I like to think of it as one of those unknown gems that is out there!
Although, I do have to admit that in the beginning the characters were pissing me off a
lot little bit. I think it's great that you don't drink, don't smoke and don't do drunks...but you don't need to be so condescending...I also don't know if writers just use the whole "different cliques" situation to add drama to the story or of it really happens in American highschools (it certainly doesn't happen here in Portugal)
I did like that Sophie realized that she was wrong for judging people without knowing them and makes an effort to change.
The first quarter of the book moves a bit slowly and you don't really see where the story is going. That's when I started noticing some strange things and from then on I couldn't put the book down because I had to find out whether or not my theory was correct. (It was, in case you were wondering...). It is still an huge plot twist!
I feel like the characters were beautifully written and sounded very real. There were times when Sophie would think or say certain things and I could completely imagine myself thinking and saying them too.
When I started reading this I had no idea I would fall so much in love with this novel. Everyone should read it!
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And look at how nice the cover is! (This may or may not have something to do with the fact that I used the same font on my header...)