My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.
Dara’s first day back at her old school after a year away is nerve wracking – and not because she doesn’t know what to wear. Everyone believes she killed her best friend, Aubrey – and over a boy, of all things. When Aubrey fell (or was she pushed?) in front of a truck, she died instantly, leaving Dara with the consequences.
A year living with her aunt and uncle and receiving therapy has helped clear her head. Returning to her old school to graduate is something she feels she has to do. But that means coming face to face with all of her old friends, as well as the person who has the most cause to hate her – Ethan, Aubrey’s little brother.
But Ethan – of all people – actually defends her from the taunts in the hallway, though she doesn’t recognize him at first. The skinny kid she knew has grown into something else, someone she might even be attracted to – if that didn’t mean one more, final, betrayal of her best friend.
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