Summer is trying to recover from a tragedy, but it seems impossible when her family is falling apart around her. Having an extraordinary best friend like Mal helps a little, but Summer's secret source of happiness is a link to the past: one very special guitar.
Now her dad's plan to save them is turning Summer's life upside down again. The next thing she knows, they've moved to the other side of the world.
In Australia, Summer makes an unlikely friend, who seems to be magically connected to her guitar. Is this for real? Has a mysterious boy been sent to help Summer? Or could it be the other way around?
Looking at the cover and title of this book, I was sure t would be a cute fluffy young adult contemporary, with some romance and friend drama. That sort of thing. But boy was I wrong!! I wasn't expecting it to cover such a dark topic. Basically, this story follows 13 year old Summer who's brother has recently been killed in a London bombing. The story then follows Summer and her family and how they deal with that. Mind you, this all happens within the first 50ish pages of the book so it's not a spoiler. Then, Summer's dad decides what they need to heal is a new start, so he moves them to Australia! There, Summer meets a boy aaaaaand.... that' all I will say.
For the most part, I did enjoy this book. I felt like there was such a unique twist that I hadn't encountered in any other book. Which I liked. My issue though was leading up to this twist was very confusing. I didn't really understand what was happening, which is good and bad. Good because it made me want to keep reading, bad because I was getting frustrated.
I do think that this book was probably suited for a younger person rather than my 21 year old self. As the main character is only 13, I couldn't really relate to her in the same way I could relate to characters in New Adult. Having said that, it does deal with a sensitive issue of family death, so I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to every 13 year old out there.
I don't think there is anything else I can really comment on without giving away spoilers, so I'll end the review here. I enjoyed reading this story, and I was particularly happy with how it ended. I do recommend this to people in high school, but I don't think it is as captivating for people my age.
Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia
Published: May, 2016
Format: Paperback, 313 pages
Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult Contemporary
Acquired from: Penguin Random House Australia
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are completely my own.
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