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going too far,
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It's told in first person narrative from Meg's point of view. I have no preference in narrative style when reading a book but, now that I've read it, I can't imagine this story being told any other way. Echols has created a flawed but ultimately likable character, who slowly reveals herself to the reader. To say I adored the writing would be an understatement. It flowed so easily, it sounded exactly like a smart-mouthed seventeen year old, when she said random things like "I am full of fear," you completely believed her because you felt like that too.
This takes place over the course of a week. As punishment, Meg must spend every night for a week with John on his shift patrolling the town. Once I got over the disbelief of this as a punishment, I enjoyed it. Meg observes the mundane parts of John's job but also the danger and the horrifying. Just as the plot begins to get predictable, BAM!, something happens to weave it off track. It's a deceptively simple story.
The main characters are Meg and John. There are others but they're not who the story is about. I've already spoken about Meg so onto John. I liked him. I probably fell a little bit in love with him (which happens waaay too often with me). He is so sincere in trying to teach Meg a lesson, in trying to make her see the error of her rebellious ways. At first we're not really sure why because we're finding out about him a Meg herself is and his development does happen at a slower pace. But that's okay; it's worth it in the end.
The ending was both heartbreaking and heartwarming. It was such a beautiful book to read.