I haven’t read a bad book by this writer, and this is no exception. It’s a book to read in one sitting.
The son of a pastor, he’s pretty sure his parents love him, but he hides his sexuality at home anyway.
This day is leading towards a farewell party for his ex, Enzo – his first love and the one who broke his heart.
But first he will have to cope with a range of major shocks – from his best friend, his work manager, his parents, his boyfriend, and his brother.
But that’s not the only unsettling aspect of what’s going on. By the lake, where the party will take place, something else is stirring.
The tormented soul of a drowned girl rises, merged with a powerful spirit who can give that torment shape and function.
She roams the town, looking for answers. This book specifically references two others – Judy Blume’s Forever, about losing your virginity, and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, which similarly takes place over one day.
Ness deals with young love and sex, and all the issues that go with that, with all the power and respect you’d expect from this multi-award winning YA writer.
The result is a beautifully written coming-of-age novel that is both dark and compelling.