The heart-wrenching new novel about best friends on a collision course with the real world, from the author of Falling into Place.
Janie and Micah, Micah and Janie. That's how it’s been ever since elementary school, when Janie Vivian moved next door. Janie says Micah is everything she is not. Where Micah is shy, Janie is outgoing. Where Micah loves music, Janie loves art. It's the perfect friendship, as long as no one finds out about it.
But when Janie is date-raped by the most popular guy in school—a guy she's had a crush on for years—she finds herself ostracized by all the people she thought were her friends. Now only Micah seems to believe she's telling the truth. But when even Micah expresses doubt about whether or not she was "asking for it," it leads to disastrous consequences, and Janie Vivian goes missing.
Using a nonlinear writing style and dual narrators, Amy Zhang's astonishing second novel masterfully reveals the circumstances surrounding Janie's disappearance.
I enjoyed reading this book a lot! It was totally confusing, but it was just so great! There was a back and forth between the past and the present, where Micah doesn't know what's happened. Which was really great, and totally confusing! There were also the journal entries that Janie did, that progress her journey, from believing in fairytales, to well, not.
I really enjoyed these characters. Micah and Janie, they were best friends, and they were meant to be together, and she knew that. She just wanted to have her fun first, so that their relationship was hidden
Like I mentioned earlier, this book caused a lot of confusion for me. Micah didn't know what was going on, and he is a teenaged boy, and there was alcohol, so sometimes, I wasn't sure what the heck was going on. Like, was he imagining things, or what? It didn't matter too much since it was after the fact, but it was a part of the story!
One of the biggest issues in this book was consent. Like, theme-wise, not the amount of time it got in this book, because it was a problem, and that problem caused the big decisions to be made. Anyways. When someone says no, stop, even if they're your significant other, because that doesn't give you the right to their body. Only they can give it, and if they say no, they're not giving it, and if you take it, well, that's wrong! It's that simple, and I really wish that it wasn't an issue. Hopefully we as a society will get rid of it!
Amy Zhang's first book ended on a pretty positive note. This one, it was a bit more bittersweet. After everything that had happened, it kinda felt like, it couldn't have a positive ending. There was some good, because he accepted what happened, but yeah, it was bittersweet!
This was a really fantastic book, it was just really enjoyable!
Author: Amy Zhang
Read: May 30th, 2017
Reason Why: Sounds really good, and it's a SAC 2017 Book, Sophomore Challenge Book and a WoW Book!
Published: March 22nd 2016