Holy damn was this book such an emotional rollercoaster. Dealing with an out-of-body experience is scary enough, but having to be in this state knowing your family is dead after such an innocent morning, is no easy feat. Our main character, Mia, is burdened by the knowledge of her family’s demise, leaving her feeling like she should move on with them, while also being given the choice to stay by the people she has in her life, including her best friend and boyfriend.
This book right off the bat got me hooked, especially with the author’s amazing and lyrical writing style. The way she wrote the story seems simple, but once reading from page on, you’ll see the effectiveness in invoking emotions. You see this a lot as the author switches from present to past, showing the life of our main character to the last few weeks before her accident. I thought this was well-done because as we progress through this book, we get to see how the flashbacks connect to what is happening currently, which was great as it put in more context and emotional responses knowing what we learned. But we can’t have as strong emotions just on writing alone; the characters thrive beautifully in the page, likable from the very start with the chill parents to the grandparents to the best friend. These people carry Mia’s decision as we get to the final page, and when the decision is made, it’s bittersweet knowing all that’s occurred.
The one thing I didn’t enjoy much was the romance. I felt it wasn’t as well executed as I would have liked, and even as a reread, I still didn’t feel emotional or care much about the boyfriend. I thought sometimes that piece felt forced to add another category to this story as romance. I feel like this story, without any romance whatsoever, would not change because of its deep roots of family and friendship and individuality.
Overall, I LOVED this book so much! If you are looking for an easy, short read, this book is perfect for you!