This is a book that will stay with readers long after they finish. Told from the points of view of Janie Vivian, and Micah Carter this is a heartbreaking story about how easily things can fall apart. Each chapter is titled either BEFORE or AFTER. In the BEFORE readers have both Janie Vivian and Micah Carter’s points of view. In the after, Janie’s becomes silent except for the entries from her journal told as a fairy tale about a princess. In the after, Micah wakes up in the hospital with no memory of what happened the night of the bonfire and keeps asking for Janie who has not answered any of the texts he is sending her.
Janie and Micah are secretly best friends. It is a secret the two kept because Janie was worried that Micah would keep her from being in the popular crowd. Micah is secretly in love with Janie and Janie, admits to herself, that she and Micah are soul mates but she just isn’t ready to settle down yet. The events leading to the tragedy are slowly revealed as Micah’s memories return.
I highly recommend this novel for your more mature readers who don’t mind shedding a tear or two.
“Zhang’s effortless exploration of the complex intersection of memory and perception, and intricate, menace-laden plot is a perfect fit for fans of E. Lockhart’s compelling We Were Liars.” (Booklist, starred review)