**I’d like to thank Raincoast Books & the publishers for my advanced copy in exchange for my honest review**
Genre: YA, Fiction
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends, Macmillan
Publication Date: Feb 27, 2018
My Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤 1/2 (4.5/5)
Tormented throughout middle school, Ellie begins her freshman year with a new look: she doesn’t need to be popular; she just needs to blend in with the wallpaper. But when the unthinkable happens, Ellie finds herself trapped after a brutal assault. She wasn’t the first victim, and now she watches it happen again and again. She tries to hold on to her happier memories in order to get past the cold days, waiting for someone to find her. The problem is, no one searches for a girl they never noticed in the first place.
This isn’t a story of great romance or of true love. It’s simply a story of being lonely and how comforting it is to be called beautiful.
It’s been a while since I’ve read something this heartbreaking and gut-wrenching. The story takes you on a dark and emotional journey through the eyes of Ellie, a fifteen year old unpopular girl, trying to blend in. To be honest, this book took me by surprise (in a good way). I tend to read other people’s reviews and decide whether or not I still want to read the book. With this however, I decided to go in blind.
-It reminded me very much of the Lovely Bones, which I loved. I liked how the author managed to tell this story through the eyes of a dead girl. When I started reading, I had no idea Ellie was dead but I did have a hunch.
– Being unpopular myself, I felt a real connection with Ellie. The story took me on a bit of a trip down memory lane and what it felt like to have a crush for the very first time. Especially on the popular guy in school.
It takes a lot of things to make a girl, but breaking her? It only takes a few pretty words and a crooked smile.
-The pace. There were parts that were kinda slow, but I was so fixated on wanting to know what happens in the end, that I was able to stay focused.
Overall, this was a truly beautiful read.
Have you read this? Or The Lovely Bones? Thoughts?