So, in purposely steering away from my cathartic, oversharing blog posts, I decided to try my hand at a book review. I've been trying to finish an epically long novel by Joe Hill that has left me somewhat stalled...a few pages here, a few pages there.
There are a few things I am never caught without wherever I go. They are, in no particular order...a hair tie, a tampon, lipstick, and dental floss. Seriously, all of these things you will find in my house, my car, my purse, my gym bag and on my physical person at any given time. It should also be understood, that as an avid reader, I usually don't go far without something to read.
So, when I found myself overnight at my boyfriend's house without my current book, I simply picked up another that I had been carrying around (in my car) and dove in. If not at the very least, just for before bedtime ritual sake. I don't usually like to start a new book before finishing another one. I just happened to pick this one up from a used book sale at the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany, NY.
Let me note, right off the rip, that this work of fiction is classified as YA (Young Adult). And no, I don't care. There is no shame in my reading game. A good book is a good book is a good book. And this is a good book!
In this deluxe edition that I picked up for $1, there are 32 pages of exclusive content that go behind the scenes of the author's creative concept and journey, which I find only lends itself to the story AFTER you've read it. As a bonus, I snagged this book as an autographed first printing! I like that it was a quick, intense read that I couldn't put down. I dove through and dissected it within two days. Some books take a little bit to get into. You need to be vested enough to get into the hook a few chapters in. But E. Flockhart had me from page one of the book, which is not easy to do. Not only is the storyline good in this psychological thriller, but it has a little bit of everything. Dynamic characters, suspense, plot twists, a love story, distinct family lines of privilege verses morality. Or privilege AS morality. Think about that for a second.
E. Lockhart also takes on different angles of love, loss and grief. Furthermore, it's almost poetically written in prose. That is a beautiful artform and lends itself to the mystery and intrigue with this book.
"WELCOME TO THE Beautiful Sinclair family.
No one is a criminal.
No one is an addict.
No one is a failure. "
I'm not one to get locked into a certain genre of reading or a particular author, but I enjoyed this book so much that I will definitely be checking out more from E. Flockhart. Lockhart will keep you guessing until the very end. I hate when you get halfway through a book and it becomes predictable. She seamlessly interweaves past with present until at the very end, you are finally able to put all the pieces together. And you exit the book feeling shattered, but somehow, put back together. I do not want to give away any of the story. I just implore you to read it and then tell me what you thought. And as the jacket cover suggests..."And if anyone asks how it ends, just LIE."