4.5 stars. Honestly the most touching book I’ve read in a while.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Jude and her twin Noah were incredibly close – until a tragedy drove them apart, and now they are barely speaking. Then Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy as well as a captivating new mentor, both of whom may just need her as much as she needs them. What the twins don’t realize is that each of them has only half the story and if they can just find their way back to one another, they have a chance to remake their world.
I think half the books I’ve read lately left me a day later, but this one stayed with me for a while. I assumed the story would be pretty cliché based on its summary, but it surprised me. Don’t let the blurb fool you!!! I don’t think I’ve ever read a book as imaginative as this one. The author’s use of imagery was amazing. I read a lot of reviews saying they preferred Noah’s POV to Jude’s, but I liked them both. Noah is just… unlike any other character, but in the best way possible. The author did a good job of creating two distinct, completely unique voices. Usually books with different point of views are something I find annoying, but this time it added to the whole story.
“Or maybe a person is just made up of a lot of people,” I say. “Maybe we’re accumulating these new selves all the time.” Hauling them in as we make choices, good and bad, as we screw up, step up, lose our minds, find our minds, fall apart, fall in love, as we grieve, grow, retreat from the world, dive into the world, as we make things, as we break things.”
Noah is one of the greatest YA characters I’ve ever come across, but he’s definitely not perfect. Neither is Jude. They’re both deeply flawed and broken characters, and this makes them much more real. This book is so beautiful I can’t even explain it. I wish there were more of it. The only thing that brings down my rating is the ending. It felt like everything happened within 20 pages.
I could rave about this book forever.