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An Intensely Powerful tale of first love
on 16 August 2011
I was hooked from the start. The moment Jem and Anna meet at the start of the book I knew I wasn't going to put it down.
You begin to enter the world of Anna, like any normal teenage girl, just with some family issues going on. But when Anna meets Jem, he becomes her way out of reality and life. She becomes lost and infatuated with the mysterious Jem and we as the reader do too. It's hard not to, a dark handsome mystery guy and any girl is sure to swoon. And Anna does.
We witness a whirlwind romance of first love which is beautifully written, making you feel that the world that Anna and Jem have created with their love is what can get them by. Reality is a sure fire way to kick this in the teeth though and we feel the shock ourselves when we read it. When everything comes crashing down on Anna and she starts to see Jem in a different light we would be forgiven for thinking that she has come to her senses about him.
But with all kinds of first love, they are hard to give up. It is clear though that Jems influence on Anna is more deep seated than simple love and we see Jem finally, and somewhat, sadly for who he really is.
The ending, is powerful and intense and you will be left looking at the page, asking if it all really happened and ended that way, long after you have read the final words.
One of the most true to life books about young love I have read, bittersweet in both its reality and power, it really is one not to be missed.