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"An interesting and unusual romance." Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2017
-An interesting and unusual romance.- Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2017
About the Author
Jolene Perry has a degree in political science and has taught middle school and high school. Her previous novels include The Summer I Found You, Stronger than You Know, and Has to Be Love. She lives with her husband and family in Alaska.
Top customer reviews
I connected with the main character, although I do think the author got a little confused between what she thought she was in her mind and how she was being represented on the page. Perry made out like Gabe was selfish and that she was in the wrong for what happened to her and Bree's relationship. But I'm not sure I got that. I think she was just a young girl, desperate to keep her friend. She didn't come across selfish to me and in some respects, the fact Gabe backed down, and apologised was a bit disappointing.
I loved the concept of this story and the fact Gabe had become numb to emotion. I would have liked to have seen the change and growth of feeling start earlier on rather than all at the end.
I really enjoyed the relationship between Gabe and Hartman, I smiled and laughed so many times during their moments together in this story.
I wasn't so keen on the relationship between Gabe and Bree, it felt controlling and possessive and it didn't really ever change from that. I'd have liked to of seen some growth there too.
That being said, I would definitely read another book by this author.
My thanks to NetGalley and Albert Whitman and Co for an advanced copy.
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Gabe--she is a teenage girl that has a love for all things vintage. She now dresses similar to Wednesday Adams because of a kid teasing her during Jr. high about it since she lived in a funeral home. She has one friend named Bree and they bond over their love for vintage clothing. Gabe is so awesome, she is literally one of my favorite main character in a book now. She was immune to the idea of death but it did effect her more than she believed. She avoided having too many people in her life because she really feared losing them. In the end though she learned that she couldn't hide from everyone.
Hartman-- he is the teenage boy that comes into Gabe's life unexpectedly and makes her realize that she can't hide from everyone to avoid losing people. He has just moved to same town after losing his father suddenly. He also has a flare of vintage and when Bree starts to pull away from Gabe he because her only friend. Of course friendship can always lead to more.
Bree--is Gabe's one and only best friend. They bond over their love for vintage clothing but soon she finds herself drawn to the high school jock Bryce, the boy who made Gabe's life miserable for a portion of her life. He was the one that started the nickname for Gabe. The deeper she gets in with Bryce the more she pulls away from Gabe. Her family life leads her to make some questionable decisions.
By the end of the book a tragedy has hit making them all look at things differently and bringing Gabe and Bree back together. It was a book that I couldn't put down and it was just amazing. If you haven't read a book by Jolene Perry before due yourself a favor and start now!
This had a super Six Feet Under vibe to it which I loved. I totally related to Gabe. She was weird, quirky and a little immature. She definitely was the way she a bit due to the whole funeral home thing and being around death. Her and Hartman were adorably awkward. I liked watching her friendship with Bree shift and change as I thought it was realistic. Things like that happen between friends, especially when boys are involved. It isn’t a good thing but I feel like it happens.
Overall I just really enjoyed the story, characters and found it easily addicting. I will definitely be looking forward to more Jolene Perry books.
Considering the fact that Gabe works (and lives) at a funeral home, I expected her to be more interesting. But instead, she becomes exactly who she hates people treating her like -a weird, closed-off, broody goth girl.
The way that she acted basically the entire book wasn't what I feel would be consistent with any 16 year old girl, but instead everything felt like it was middle schoolers. And I say that as someone who didn't have her first kiss until she was 18 and had graduated high school. The way she and Bree were about boys and dating, the way Gabe couldn't handle sharing her friend...
There were some nice messages about life and death in this, which was really the best part.
I liked Hartman, and thought that the way he pursued Gabe was pretty adorable. He was also eccentric and quirky, but in what felt like a very genuine way. I do wish that these characters had had more depth though, especially Gabe, since it was hard to make any real connection with any if them when we mostly just got shallow stereotypes and interactions.
For the majority of the story, not a whole lot seems to actually happen and it dragged quite a bit. Finally, at about 70% it picked up and became more interesting.