Publisher: O’Brien Press
Publication Date: October 2013
Age Group: YA
This is a sharp and poignant book about friendship, growing up and loss. This book will take you by surprise with the story structure. The back-story is in letter format, which is written in the present tense with lots of ‘do you remember that time…’ Which works and adds layers to the story.
These letters are intertwined with the main story, which is told in the past tense. So you take one step forward – finding out what happened in the past, and one step back – finding out how the main character is feeling now and her memories of her friendship with Ellen.
Its an unusual structure but it works. having the main part told in past tense adds a heavy and nostalgic tone. Despite the complicated and tragic plot it’s an enjoyable book. And beautifully and sweetly told.
And it’s a début ! An excellent debut leaving readers waiting for more.
Many thanks to O’Brien Press for the review copy.