I finished this last night and I want more. But from my reading, it appears the author will not be doing a sequel and I’m okay with that and I’m not okay with that.
This is such a great read.
India has worked hard to become well liked in school. She loves her friends and she works hard. But when her mother Hayley drops the bomb that she’s met someone and their moving cross country so they can get married, it turns her world upside down.
Because she’s already been through something horribly traumatic, and to be able to cope, India needs to have a sense of control, and moving to a posh area, which makes her feel like trash, is wildly beyond her control.
Hayley’s fiance Theo seems nice, but India doesn’t trust people, so she’s not about to let him in. His daughter Eloise, aka Elle, is a hard read. Elle considers her father her best friend, and India envies that in a way because of the rift between her and her mother. Sometimes Elle seems really warm, but she’s holding something close to her and India can’t make out what it is. India just knows it’s hard making friends, even with a bit of Elle’s help, at her father’s insistence. Elle’s help might just help her adjust to all the changes in her life.
The characters here are fabulous. Even their friend Bryce makes a good mean girl. Elle is nothing like I thought she would be, and I find her level of caring endearing. Finn was another surprise character that I didn’t think I would like, but I’m really fond of this main trio. I was so pleasantly surprised by their true personalities that I just wanted to take all of them and hug them.
India has been through something so traumatic in her life and it’s because of that trauma that she can see the pain in other people. I admire India for her strength and her courage. She handles each situation better than most teens, with a kind of subtle grace. Her relationship with her mother is typical of other teens, with a bit of a twist because of what Hayley had put her through.
There were a lot of things the author wrote that resonated with me. I think this quote especially because it’s still with me “Other kids my age…they didn’t know what it was like to grieve. To feel pain like that. To look around at people our own age and not understand them because what they think is important seems so trivial…” It really speaks of the pain that India carried around.
This was so well-written, it was near impossible to put down. So wonderfully done!