What if you live for the moment when life goes off the rails—and then one day there’s no one left to help you get it back on track?Althea Carter and Oliver McKinley have been best friends since they were six; she’s the fist-fighting instigator to his peacemaker, the artist whose vision balances his scientific bent. Now, as their junior year of high school comes to a close, Althea has begun to want something more than just best-friendship. Oliver, for his part, simply wants life to go back to normal, but when he wakes up one morning with no memory of the past three weeks, he can’t deny any longer that something is seriously wrong with him. And then Althea makes the worst bad decision ever, and her relationship with Oliver is shattered. He leaves town for a clinical study in New York, resolving to repair whatever is broken in his brain, while she gets into her battered Camry and drives up the coast after him, determined to make up for what she’s done.
Their journey will take them from the rooftops, keg parties, and all-ages shows of their North Carolina hometown to the pool halls, punk houses, and hospitals of New York City before they once more stand together and face their chances. Set in the DIY, mix tape, and zine culture of the mid-1990s, Cristina Moracho’s whip-smart debut is an achingly real story about identity, illness, and love—and why bad decisions sometimes feel so good.
I don’t say that alot when i review of books, but i’m gonna say it here : I hated this book.
i expected cute romantic story of two best friends falling in love but what i got was a toxic relationship with some of the worst characters ever.
Lets talk about Althea first, because she is one of the main reasons why i dislike the book so much. She is annoying, selfish and really just a walking cliché. I mean, the boy you love puches you away and you dye your hair black…c’mon?!
Oliver is not that bad, i liked him better than Althea and enjoyed his side of the story a tiny bit more . His conditions add an interesting side to this story.
We gonna get into spoilers now people, so if you don’t want to read any, stop now.
So, what pissed me off the most about this book was that part : “Althea makes the worst bad decision ever” because what you don’t know when you enter this book is that this bad decision is a rape. Yup, during one of Oliver’s episode, when he’s only half himself, Althea decides to go have sex with him even if he clearly didn’t want too. That’s rape, and if Oliver was the one taking advantage of Althea, things would have been worst. And obviously poor, little Althea is the one who needs to get away after all that. *rolls eyes* and than :
Lets just say after that, the book got even more boring and i just had to skipped a couple chapters. I wanted to stop reading all together but i needed to see if Oliver would be doing something about his rape.
He doesn’t not.
They end up realizing they are better off friends.
i’m giving it 1/5 because i like the writing style. That’s all.
Althea and Oliver : 1/5