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Seventeen-year-old Katie Price has a rare disease that makes exposure to even the smallest amount of sunlight deadly. Confined to her house during the day, her company is limited to her widowed father and her best (okay, only) friend. It isn't until after nightfall that Katie's world opens up, when she takes her guitar to the local train station and plays for the people coming and going.
Charlie Reed is a former all-star athlete at a crossroads in his life - and the boy Katie has secretly admired from afar for years. When he happens upon her playing guitar one night, fate intervenes and the two embark on a star-crossed romance.
As they challenge each other to chase their dreams and fall for each other under the summer night sky, Katie and Charlie form a bond strong enough to change them - and everyone around them - forever.
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By Emily on 07-07-18
I bought this book because I wanted to see the film, but didn't manage to. The book is normally better than the film anyway. No, I wish that I'd seen the film over the book, because at least the film would only have been two hours spent on this trash.
The writing is bizarre and awkward. I was listening to the audiobook, and the narrator sounded like she stumbled a couple of times. Other than that, she was a good narrator, with a nice voice. The writing felt like the author was trying to be unnecessarily flowery or beautiful, but it fell really flat. I also have no idea what the characters look like in general because the only character that is described is Charlie, and even he isn't described very well.
The main character is sooooo annoying. She wants to be a person outside of her illness, and then mentions said illness in EVERY SENTENCE. Like... I get it, you're ill, stop reminding me every five seconds. Nor does the representation of said rare illness (XP) actually come across as true. The whole condition felt incredibly romanticised when even a small amount of research shows it to be incredibly painful and awful. It also felt like it wasn't quite the right timescale <spoiler> once Katie started suffering the side effects of being in the sun, and then she died incredibly quickly. </spoiler> The ending also makes me hate Katie, because of the effect on her father and Morgan. Her poor father is probably the best character in this book, and Katie literally rants about him in every other chapter and all he wants for her is to live. <spoiler> I just don't understand why Katie had to be alone with Charlie to die, and why she couldn't take her dad with her as well. The man has lost his entire family, and he's losing his only child and she doesn't let him stay with her, after everything she says that he's done for her, sacrificing his life for her? I get that she thinks that she and Charlie are soul mates or something, but this book spans what? 3 months or something? and she goes off on a boat to die with her boyfriend and leaves her father and best friend back on the pier? </spoiler> Katie is just incredibly selfish and stupid, and I feel for her father.
The romance is also incredibly flat. Aside from descriptions of kisses, nothing really happens. It's pretty boring and most of the time, Katie is just describing how beautiful Charlie is. Like... is that it? There wasn't any chemistry and Charlie himself felt like he was fake.
The whole novel just felt dumb.