*A reviewer I follow on GoodReads and InstaGram wrote a stellar review of this young adult novel. I was in the market for a new YA book so I ordered it and began reading. I would read a little, put it down, read something else, and come back to it. I finished over my Thanksgiving break.
What It Is About - FIVE Things You Need to Know:
1. *Violet Larkin can't seem to get away from making mistakes that not only affect her, but her family as well.
2. *Violet's brother Sam, doesn't make as many mistakes, but can't seem to find the happiness he is looking for.
3. *After a horrible incident involving Sam, Violet is sent to Lyric; a town where her family has a lot of history, including a ship wreck.
4. *While spending time in Lyric, Violet decides to "look into" her family's history and see if she can locate the remains of the ship wreck that involved a family member many many years earlier.
5. *Violet tries to escape her past, make amends with both her parents and brother, while navigating new territory with a local girl in Lyric.
What I Thought Of It - Five Observations/Reflections:
1. *While reading I enjoyed the story of Violet, Sam, and Liv. However, I wasn't drawn back to the story while not reading.
2. *There were some sections of the novel that I was completely absorbed in; while others seemed to drag a bit for my taste.
3. *I was fascinated by Violet's past, the choices she made, and the relationship she had with her brother Sam.
4. *As a reader, I always appreciate when a character gets a chance to start over and make their life better. That is what Violet wanted while spending time in Lyric.
5. *The cast of characters she encouraged while spending time in the town with a "past", were strong, unique, and added greatly to the overall story.
Who Should Read It:
*This is definitely a story for the young adult reader. I could also see adult readers enjoying the Larkin family tale. The plot can be a bit slow at times, so the reader that picks up this story will need to have some patience at times. Happy Reading!
Rating: 3 STARS out of 5 Stars