This book? Not so much.
Tess also has a weird best friend, Zena, who is stuck on building a bomb to blow up a poodle. The story behind this is very weird and I believe this is the major reason for the writing of this book.
Tess’s parents are a complete mess. They are “born again” but her mother decides to leave for 6 weeks on a find yourself camping/hiking trip to Utah. This leaves Tess’s dad not so much as her dad. Tess has begun a friendship with Ben and she calls him for comfort. He comes over to pick her up. That’s the beginning of their relationship.
Lots and lots of emotional stuff goes down in this book. Ultimately Tess learns to live while you can but it backfires like I’ve never seen before.
I’m a major fan of happy endings, even if they aren’t that happy, but this book just blew in that department. I guess Tess and Zena came out emotionally stronger but what’s that worth to me? Nothing. The book was written in a retelling way by Tess. The beginning told you exactly what ends up happening but I didn’t want to believe it and so I read on. I really wish I hadn’t.
- Reading level: Young Adult
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Simon Pulse (January 23, 2007)
- ISBN-10: 1416934758
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