It's hard to say, since I have 6 more months this year, but this is one of the best reads this year for me. Such an extraordinary tale of learning to live again and finding a path in life that still helps you live your dream. Chelsea and Clint were exactly what each other needed to heal and starting living again. They were fantastic.
I don't really like love triangles. In this, we don't really see much of Gabe though, since he is left behind. Maybe it's because I couldn't get attached to him, but I didn't feel terribly bad when Chelsea started to feel alive with Clint. Or maybe the fact that she had never felt passion for someone else until Clint. Whatever it was, it didn't bother me like it normally does. Mostly, I just felt bad for Chelsea when she felt torn in two.
So much tension in this novel. Between Chelsea and her father, Chelsea and her brother, Chelsea and herself. It was great to see the growth instead of just having it there. It was brilliant, beautiful writing. It only seemed fitting that Chelsea tries to heal someone else along with herself instead of letting someone who is seemingly perfect try to put her back together. In a strange way, she feels more whole to me when she's with someone who is flawed as well.
Such a great read. It really was. It had a bit more sexually explicit scenes in it than I normally expect for YA. While we don't see the act itself, we sure do get the full picture leading up to it. I'm still on the fence. As an adult, it doesn't bother me as much, but I still don't like to see too much in YA. Kids aren't stupid, they know what sex is, but sometimes I just wish the more descriptive stuff would get left out.