I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I love a good transformation story. I love how this book addressed grief and trauma. I felt it did such a great job at bringing up these topics in a very respectful way. The overall theme of this book was learning to accept others’ differences. I felt the conflict between characters seemed to get resolved quickly which made the book a tad unrealistic.
I loved the transformation of Ava when she meets Piper, another burn victim. Even though the tense moments seemed to be instantly resolved, the characters felt very real to me. Their emotions felt very real. There were so many heartwarming and heartbreaking moments through this book.
I really loved how in the end Ava realizes that the choice to be happy is hers alone and it is up to her to create it. She can’t wallow in the life she has been handed and she needs to learn to be happy and find a new purpose.
Every single character had scars. Every single one, even if they weren’t visible they were there and that is not unlike real life. We all carry our battle wounds, but it is up to us on how we choose to use them.
Like Ava, I handle my depression and grief through self deprecation and that made her a very relatable character for me. I felt the friendships were very genuine and I liked Piper even though she came off a bit selfish at times. She, too, was learning to live this new life she was handed and that can sometimes be a trigger to treat others poorly (even if it is a bad one).
Thank you so much to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for allowing me to review this title.
Image and synopsis taken from NetGalley.