Growing up in Africa and Latin America as the children of missionaries, London and Zach were as close as could be. And then Zach dies, and the family is gutted. London’s father is distant. Her mother won’t speak. The days are filled with what-ifs and whispers: Did Zach take his own life? Was it London’s fault? Alone and adrift, London finds herself torn between her brother’s best friend and the handsome new boy in town as she struggles to find herself—and ultimately redemption. - Goodreads.com
I don't usually like stories written in verse, but for some reason that really turned out to be the best part of the book. The writing was literally beautiful, lyrical, and the way the author put things was just thought-provoking and raw. I love books like that, books that really make you think and feel heavily just by how the author chooses to phrase this or that.
This book was entirely character driven. The plot is one I've seen before, so the freshness of it came entirely from the writing, and from the fact that the book carried a significant Christian feel to it, which I found refreshing for a YA novel.
There were times that I had trouble with the revelations surrounding Zach's death. I just wasn't sure I bought into the whole idea that this guy would have committed suicide over the struggles in his life. This is a person who had it all, was well liked, never struggled, and whose parents adored him. I wasn't sure that what happened was quite enough to have thrown him into a deep enough depression to cause that reaction. But then again, people who commit suicide are always a surprise. People are always shocked and say things like "he didn't seem to be that upset" etc. So I can't really say.
London's heartbreak over him was so sad, and you just wanted to fold her up into a comforting hug. She's goes through many layers of grief in this story. The only thing I didn't like about her was how she hopped back and forth between the two guys. Even right up to the end, so when she finally chooses one, it almost seemed to be too quick. How can you go from one guy to abruptly declaring yourself in love with the other?
Regardless of the few flaws, this book had enough really amazing strengths to make me overlook that. I loved the book, loved the writing, and thoroughly enjoyed it.