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Sixteen year old Julia Phillips buries herself in guilt after killing her best friend Monica in a car accident. Julia awoke in the hospital with a broken leg, a new talent for drawing and false memories of the accident, in which she dies and Monica lives. The doctors attribute this to her head injury, but no one can explain how a bracelet engraved with her name ended up at the scene of the accident. A bracelet no one has ever seen before.
Classmate Evan Whittaker paid Julia no attention before the accident, let alone after. Now suddenly he’s volunteering to tutor her and offering to drive her home. She can't ignore that his new obsession started after his two-day disappearance last week and that he wears a pendant she’s been drawing for months. When the police show up one night looking for Evan, he begs Julia to run with him, convincing her that Monica is still alive. Julia agrees to go, never guessing where he’s really from
I actually picked this book to read for its cover. It's all types of creepy to me, so I thought I was getting a paranormal/horror book...WRONG...As I read the first few chapters, it read more like a contemporary . Julia has survived a car accident that killed her best friend Monica and is now struggling with the aftermath. Then Evan arrives on the scene, the popular boy who has never noticed Julia before. He has become her tutor, to help her makeup the work she missed while in the hospital so she doesn't flunk. Julia begins to notice she is doodling alot something she has never done before the accident. Evan tells her that her drawings are of Celtic knots and she also notices Evans name in them. Did I mention that the very popular Evan is now very interested in the very unpopular Julia? I was beginning to see hints of paranormal in the future...WRONG AGAIN..
Things start to take a little twist when Evan is suddenly wanted by the police. But I will get back tot hat in a few minutes. I want to talk about Julia and Evan. I liked Julia, sure she was having a hard time dealing with the situation, she was cited for reckless driving and felt responsible for Monica's death. She struggled to hold herself and her family together while dealing with the guilt. As the book progresses, Julia does become pretty kick ass-she is alot stronger than you first imagine.
Like Julia, I wasn't sure if I trusted Evan. He was hot and cold to me. I liked him the minute he basically told the whole high school to sod off when him and Julia are seen together holding hands ( Social Suicide when popular starts snogging unpopular). Then there is Reese, yep in some ways there is a bit of a love triangle, but not in the way you expect. I liked Reese of course, he was in someways the bad boy. To me he felt more of an underdog.
Now back to when Evan is suddenly wanted by the police. He shows up after leaving Julia Heartbroken ( yep see, now you cant trust him...) This is where the book takes a turn onto Strange Street. But not in a bad way.It totally leaves contemporary and paranormal behind and thrust us into a sort of parallel universe...Sci-Fi like ( Cue Twilight Zone Theme song here) I have to admit, this completely took me by surprise, but form that moment on I could not put the book down, and I don't even like Sci -Fi. It was a roller coaster ride of action that basically mindf**ks you because you are never sure what is happening or what is going to happen next. The only thing that kept me from giving this book a 5 star rating was the ending. While it was a bit of a cliffhanger, it wasn't mind blowing...it was more like...huh? It did however make me want to pick up the next installment of this series.