Description from Goodreads:
The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn’t look at her like she might break down at any moment.
Now she’s just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that’s all she’ll ever be.
As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there’s a secret she hasn’t told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.
Lex’s brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn’t have to be real to keep you from moving on.
Miss Riki’s Review
This book was incredibly difficult for me to read, but not because it was poorly written in any way. If anything, it was hard to read because Cynthia Hand writes incredibly well about a grief that I am intimately familiar with. I lost my own younger brother to suicide, and reading this story brought up all of the emotions and pain that goes along with that kind of loss in a very visceral and real way.
What strikes me the most about this beautifully written story is how it is not so much about death as it is about forgiveness. Yes, the book centers on the suicide, but it also revolves around Lex’s need to forgive those around her. Not just her brother, but her mother, friends, and herself as well. The story is very dark, but it doesn’t shy away from the grief that Lex experiences.
This book is an extremely well written, character-driven story of grief and forgiveness. I highly recommend it.