On one terrible night, 17-year-old Harley Langston’s life changes forever. At a party she discovers her younger sister, Audrey, hooking up with her boyfriend, Mike—and she abandons them both in a rage. When Mike drunkenly attempts to drive Audrey home, he crashes and Audrey ends up in a coma. Now Harley is left with guilt, grief, pain and the undeniable truth that her ex-boyfriend (who is relatively unscathed) has a drinking problem. So it’s a surprise that she finds herself reconnecting with Raf, a neighbor and childhood friend who’s recently out of rehab and still wrestling with his own demons. At first Harley doesn’t want to get too close to him. But as Audrey awakens and slowly recovers, Raf starts to show Harley a path forward that she never would have believed possible—one guided by honesty, forgiveness, and redemption.
Rep: Mental Health, Alcohol Addiction
Content Warnings: teen alcoholism, abusive relationships, hospitalization of a loved one (severe injury), cheating
When I first found out about this book, I wasn’t exactly sure what I was expecting, but this didn’t follow the typical path. It dealt with addiction and how difficult it is to admit to and to heal from. It dealt with teen alcoholism and the extreme effects that can be a result. It dealt with abusive relationships and how we can not always seem them that way in the moment. But mostly, this book looked at the sister relationship and how one horrible event can cause us to reflect on it. This book did not have a typical happy romantic ending, like I had predicted. It just let the story be as it was – at no point did anything feel forced. Every action the main character, and even side characters, did made sense to that character. No action felt out of place or out of character. There were moments that felt authentically and real. I would have liked more from the book, but at the same time it was good as it was. Anymore and the book may not have felt as real or may have felt forced. In the end, I greatly enjoyed this book and would recommend it.