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Love this book!!!
It's a stark reminder of what it is to be innocent, lost, and naked.
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I was a little weary about this one because I was worried it would be super depressing, despite other's reviews stating that it wasn't. I actually really enjoyed the way the author portrayed the main character's stubborn nature and extreme determination to end her life in order to 'balance' out what she thought she was responsible for. I genuinely believe that there are many people in this world that deal with similar struggles, and this book did a good job of expressing that struggle through Ellery's story.
Ellery's sister died at a very young age, but Ellery does not express how or why, only that she feels responsible and wants to end her own life. Throughout the book, she does not come out and say what happened (until the very end of course), but it is made clear that it was enough to make her feel extremely guilty. It was enough to want to end her life. I think this book brings to light just how much goes on in a suicidal person's head that no one else knows about, not even family members or close friends. Many people, including myself, have had a friend or loved one end his or her life when no one was even aware that the desire was there.
While this book is about suicide, I think it manages to stay away from uber-depressing and actually brings to light a lot of aspects of suicide that most people wouldn't normally feel comfortable talking about. I thoroughly enjoyed Chapman's writing style and would read another one of her books for sure. I really liked her raw, poetic style and thoroughly understood the feelings and emotions she described. The narrator was also very good. I like that she was able to do boys/mens voices without sounding like she was growling into the microphone like some other performers. All around good read/listen.
Didn’t really enjoy this story at all, I really wanted to but it was TOO melodramatic and a pretty bad reflection of mental health. I know that all experiences are different but this one just didn’t sit well with me at all. Wouldn’t recommend.