My twin sister was the only person in the world I thought I’d known inside and out. Apparently, I was wrong.
Twin sisters share a unique bond, one that can't be broken by miles, time, or even death. Hannah and Hope Morton are no exception. When Hope takes her own life, Hannah loses a sister and a best friend, a catastrophe she isn't sure she'll survive herself.
With her family in ruins, Hannah is slowly disappearing, drowning in a sea of misery. Even her wild, energetic best friend can't pull her out of her grief. Desperate to help Hannah, her brother comes home from college, bringing his best friend Julian along, the first boy to break Hannah’s heart. None of their efforts are enough to pull Hannah off her self destructive path, though. Julian is the only one who can get through to her, working his way into her frozen soul with cocky remarks and genuine love that warms her from the inside out.
As Hannah works to find answers, she continues to uncover new secrets and people that reveal a side of Hope she had never shared with her twin. Alone now, Hannah must make a decision of her own: move on and start a new life with the people she has left, or let the weight of her grief drag her down with her sister.
What I Loved:
Hannah- Hannah was quintessentially the quiet girl of her family, content to live in the shadow of her bolder louder twin sister Hope. It was heart breaking to read her reaction to the loss of Hope but it was a very realistic portrayal. I liked how she slowly learnt to deal with Hope's death and recognise that she wasn't responsible directly or indirectly for Hope's actions. I really connected with Hannah's character, she came across as sympathetic and strong.
Support Cast- The side cast were far more of a support cast for Hannah. Glory, her best friend was so vibrant, I loved how she knew when and how far to push Hannah. She was brilliantly supportive at all times even when she was unsure of how to deal with Hannah. Julian, I loved how he didn't treat Hannah too different and how he tried to take his cues from her. I adored their beach days and how he gave glimpses of Hannah before Hope's death, I really loved them together! Doug, seemed like such a good brother and protective even when his best friend was involved. I liked the mysterious Billy, I really felt for him and how out of the loop he must of felt.
Journal- I adored the writing style. The journal layout was perfect, it gave a real insight to how Hannah was coping and gave Hope a personality and character. I liked how it explored Hannah's memories and thoughts as well as relaying what was actually happening in the present.
What I didn't love as much:
Hope- I know suicide never has answers but I definitely wanted more! There was so much unknown about her life!
I really enjoyed going through Hannah's journey of grief from the discovery of Hope's body to the resolution. I loved the honesty and raw emotions. I adored the side cast and seeing them through Hannah's eyes.
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