Thursday, January 21, 2016
Every Last Word, by Tamara Ireland Stone
A touching story about struggling with mental illness that takes a surprising turn towards the end that amps up the stakes of the story dramatically. The poetry (and the secret poetry society) seemed a bit gratuitous to me, but the story overall was moving. Samantha is an intriguing and sympathetic protagonist. The romance with AJ was a bit forced, but is ultimately touching on its own. In general, the characters in this personality-driven story are effective and memorable (and even the "mean girls" elicit some sympathy!).