This is one of the most emotional and truly realistic novels I have read in a while. If someone told me that this novel was based on true events I wouldn’t bat and eye. This was a coming of age story about changing your outlook on life and finding who you truly want to be. About finding love in the last place you expect it. A story about finding your place.
I don’t know, this book is about a lot of things. After a near death experience, John and Edie’s lives are changed by each other, and not for the worse. They both were stuck int here lives and when they endure this, they come out the other side looking at life in a new way.
I loved experiencing the book with Edie. This book made me think about being 17 again, experiencing all the firsts again with the people you think are going to be your end-all. It was beautiful and heart breaking and then at the same time it turned around to be healing.
I lived Edie. I loved watching her find herself and I loved even more being with her as she connected with John. Oh, John. I could read this whole book from his POV and not be bored at all. Kylie SLAYED with this novel. This was a beautiful story with an even more powerful message.
Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.
After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen year old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers. While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.
An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.
Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.