What’s it all about?:
The same questions whirl round and round in my head: What does he want from me? How could I have let this happen? AM I GOING TO DIE? 17-year-old Grace wakes up in a white room, with table, pens and paper – and no clue how she got there. As Grace pours her tangled life onto the page, she is forced to remember everything she’s tried to forget. There’s falling hopelessly in love with the gorgeous Nat, and the unravelling of her relationship with her best friend Sal. But there’s something missing. As hard as she’s trying to remember, is there something she just can’t see? Grace must face the most important question of all. Why is she here? A story of dangerous secrets, intense friendships and electrifying attraction.
What did I think?:
This book was given to me by my sister, ChrissiReads, and I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. I am a fan generally of Young Adult books, but the blurb on the back didn’t really pull me in. And, like the old saying – “don’t judge a book by its cover,” I’m afraid I did and the author proved me wrong. Okay, it obviously isn’t going to win any major literary prizes but for the genre, it’s a fantastic read. The story opens with our main character (possibly kidnapped) in a room with no idea of how she got there and with just a pen and some paper. So the story unravels, and we learn about the tumultuous life of this young woman, and deal with some major issues in that Grace cuts herself on a regular basis which helps her feel better about things.
I really admire the author for putting this issue out there and think it will speak to a lot of young adults who are either going through it themselves or know someone else who is. She also manages to cover quite a lot of other potentially “teenage” issues like drinking, sex, and friendships with candour and wit. Basically, Cat Clarke is definitely an author to watch out for and I look forward to reading more of her works.
Would I recommend it?:
But of course!
Star rating (out of 5):