What It Is About: Sometimes life can bury you deep so deep you see no way out. That is what has happened to Charlotte (Charlie). She lost her father, her one and only best friend, and in some ways her own mother. Charlie turns to several "negative" outlets to help deal with the pain. One of these is "cutting." When things get so bad, she ends up in a therapy program. As angry and sad as Charlie is, in some ways she finally feels at peace with the safety of the hospital. Just as she is starting to dig her way out of the dark hole, she has to leave the facility because of "coverage" issues. Charlie is at a loss as what to do. Her estranged mother picks her up, but makes it quite clear that she can't be accountable for her troubled daughter. Charlie reaches out to a former "friend" who encourages her to gather up enough money to make her way to Arizona. Once in Arizona she finds herself alone again and not sure what the next step should be. The days are difficult, but the nights are even worse. Charlie finds herself looking at her "toolbox" of supplies that she used in the past, and tries with all her will to avoid those tools. A part-time job, a new boyfriend, and a cast of loners; help her navigate her way back through recovery and a possible new beginning.
What I Thought Of It: This was a tough book to read because of the subject matter, but I'm alright with that. I prefer stories that are real, raw, and honest to true life. From the days in therapy to the start in Arizona; I rooted for Charlie and her success. That didn't always happen which made it frustrating, but all the more engaging read. There are many characters throughout the book that will make your blood boil, but isn't that a sign of excellent writing. I read the novel during the fall months and because life got so busy, it took much longer to read than I had hoped for. I think if I had had the time; I would have sailed through the story quite quickly.
Who Should Read It: You have to be ready for a hard to read story if you choose to read the book. The writing, description, plot, and characters are excellent and make for a solid reading experience. Just know that the subject matter is tough at times. The reader should be in high school and/or above. Happy Reading!
Rating: 4 STARS out of 5 Stars