My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Mystery/Literary Fiction
I love a good mystery especially one that is cerebral so when I first saw this up on Edelweiss I was very, very excited to read it!! Well I finally got to it after pushing it further and further down my reading list, I really need to learn to prioritize better, but anyway. So this is one of the few books that I was completely hyped up for that actually lived up to the hype!
Lydia is dead, but was there foul play or did Lydia kill herself?
Lydia's family is a little out the ordinary, her mom is constantly on her about applying herself to all these courses so that she can one day become a doctor, your basic mom living out her dreams that didn't happen for her through her daughter. Lydia's dad is always trying to get her to make more friends to be an average American teenager because he is ashamed of his Chinese heritage. Both parents have deep issues from their pasts that are stressing Lydia out. Luckily Lydia has an ally in her older brother Nathan but soon he won't be there very much longer because he is headed off to Harvard in the fall. Not knowing where to turn to Lydia starts hanging out with the neighborhood bad boy, Jack, whom her brother Nathan strongly disapproves of, but when Lydia realizes that she is not the object of Jack's desires but that her brother is things start to slide even faster down hill from there.
The theme of suicide is not an easy one to approach especially with it dealing with a teenager but the author did an excellent job of portraying the story with grace and understanding though this did make some of the parts in the story a bit boring just because the author choose to stay with that style of writing which to me felt almost surreal (like in a dream or when you feel like you are standing outside yourself watching it all happen, hope that makes sense) but this type of style is also what makes the suicide not seem to gory or horrifying that you want to stop reading the book. So yes some boring parts but the overall content is excellent.
Discover: A poignant tale of how family interactions play such a huge part in who we become and the decisions that we make.
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