Reading is my passion! I'll read anything if it looks good & sounds good. I'm also a sucker for books with unique settings & I'd choose Hardcovers over E-Books any day! : ) -Empress Reece
Hope is terminally ill. When she dies, she wants her friends, Kali- who cuts/self-mutilates & is also battling anorexia; Aiden-who suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder & severe anxiety; Erik- who has LHON disease which is causing him to go blind very rapidly; & Sam- who was born with a gender disorder and was also in a bombing so is permanently disabled & in a wheelchair; to do one last thing in her honor- complete a scavenger hunt. The hunt Hope designed though is more then just a fun adventure, she wants her friends to not only befriend each other, but to come to terms with their own individual issues, turn their lives around and use the time they have left to do something good with their lives. As the group sets out to honor Hope's dying wish, they learn that there is a lot more to life then they originally thought.
Needless to say, this is a very heavy story! The author tackled a multitude of issues and she did it very well. The character development was also very complex but it was spot on and as realistic as you can get. I also think the cover is just gorgeous! The colors are so pretty.
The only thing I really didn't care for was the excessive back & forth bickering and name calling, especially at the beginning. I understand what the author was trying to do and a little bit of teenage drama would have been okay but I think it went so far overboard that it made the bickering feel forced and unnatural. Other than that though, it was a fantastic story and I think it brings awareness to some serious issues that aren't always talked about but need to be.
*I received this ARC from NetGalley & Red Sparrow Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!