Published by Quercus in January 2011. No plans as of yet for it to be released in America but can be bought via The Book Depository.
Pages - 372
I met Ethan the night I was planning to kill myself. Pretty inconvenient, when you think about it.
The same questions whirl round and round in my head:
What does he want from me?
How could I have let this happen?
AM I GOING TO DIE?
It has been a long time since a book has gripped me so intently that I have had to put my life completely on hold to read it. But this one did. It consumed my whole existence until I finished the last page and then I found myself miserable, because I had finished it and despondent as I would never be able to read it again without knowing the ending.
From the first page, I was left in a state of impatientness due to so many unanswered questions. It was extremely difficult not to turn to the last page to find out what happened. This book should come with a lock and key for the last chapter.
I am not going to give away too much detail about this book because I don't want to spoil it for you. I want you all to read this book with as little information about it as possible.
I will tell you that the book begins with Grace, a seventeen year old girl waking up in a white room that only has a table and some pens and paper in it. Her story begins with contemplation of how she got there and where she came from. Everything is a blur to her.
This book made me laugh and cry. The laughter occurred from Cat Clarke's dry sense of humour that appeals to me completely. Most of you are aware of my sense of humour through my 'Life As We Know It' posts, so you can gage from those whether this would appeal to you. Cat Clarke's humour lightened a dark tale. The crying came from the end of the book and I cannot say anymore than that. You just have to read it.
I loved Grace from the first page. I know a lot of book bloggers didn't, but I did. I grew up with girls like Grace. I could see a small part of myself mirrored in her character and I do believe that in many ways she epitomizes a percentage of the teenagers of today. Grace lives a wild child existence and may delve in things that you might find a little hard to read, but she had her reasons. If you struggle to read about teenagers having sex, getting drunk and self harming then this might not be the book for you. However, I do suggest you think back to your own teenage years, remember the teenagers you came in contact with and recall your chosen choice of reading material at that age. I was a Jackie Collins convert by the age of sixteen so this is tame in comparison.
I loved how English this book was. In fact I would put this book next to David Almond's for true British fiction for the Young Adult genre.
This book is a standalone book, so once you reach the end you won't be left hanging on until next year for the answers.
Now you know I only insist on instant purchase on books that I loved to pieces, well this is one of them, so what are you waiting for?