Review : Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara

“Since the night of the crash, Wren Wells has been running away. Though she lived through the accident that killed her boyfriend Patrick, the girl she used to be didn’t survive. Instead of heading off to college as planned, Wren retreats to her father’s studio in the far-north woods of Maine. Somewhere she can be alone.

Then she meets Cal Owen. Dealing with his own troubles, Cal’s hiding out too. When the chemistry between them threatens to pull Wren from her hard-won isolation, Wren has to choose: risk opening her broken heart to the world again, or join the ghosts who haunt her. 

I’m not sure how i feel about this book. The first this that really hit me was the writing style. It was beautiful. I love how the writing follows a rhythm. Short sentences, beautiful quotes, poetic vibe. I absolutely love it. And she’s really capable of painting grief and sadness. Wren’s whole emotional state felt really realistic. It was heartbreaking to follow, i wanted to hug her the entire time. i have 2 problems with this book. The first one being the romance. Cal was a great character, i didn’t mind him being around Wren, but for me, the romance was not necessary. It all happened so fast between them and i just didn’t feel it. i don’t think love would come that easily to someone in Wren situation. The other thing i didn’t like was the ending. The fact that you kind of see Wren taking steps to feel better was great but i needed more. The ending came so quickly and with no resolution. She never fixed things with her mom, her friend, her ex-boyfriend’s family. We don’t really know if she gets better, if she goes back to school. i don’t know, i just feel like maybe a short epilogue would have been great.

Overall, this was an interesting little book about grief and guilt and how it takes over your entire life.

Lovely, Dark and Deep : 3.5/5


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