Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: May 5th 2015
Rate: 4 out of 5 stars
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
Although this book isn’t the sort of genre I normally tend to read, I was quite drawn into the plot, particularly since I’m sure everyone has suffered some sort of personal loss.
Even though Oakley’s name was quite an unusual one, I found her to be a really interesting character. It was good to see her having to deal with the normal things that a teenager needed to deal with, as well as losing her brother.
The idea of having a notebook where Lucas wrote letters to his sister while he was in hospital was a pretty unique one. Even though Lucas himself didn’t appear in the book, I felt like I’d got to know him through the letters he wrote to Oakley. Some of the things he wrote made me smile, while others generated an eyeroll… but it was all coloured with a bittersweet tone, knowing that all Oakley had left of him were the letters.
I did especially like Oakley’s budding relationship with Carson. I could really believe in them together and it was interesting to see how hard Oakley found it. I actually noticed a lot of myself in her character. I also especially liked gradually learning about what she enjoyed doing, through her conversations with Carson.
It was a bit disappointing not to see more of some of the supporting characters. I wasn’t keen on Dillon apparently being more attracted to Oakley than caring about his friend… and I definitely didn’t like Oakley hinting that she found Dillon very attractive, either. Some of those descriptions made me feel like she didn’t really like Carson as much as she seemed to.
Jo was another character I would have liked to learn a bit more about. It was pretty cool to see her job and I enjoyed watching their work along with Oakley… and I was also very saddened by what happened to the sea lion.
I did like that there were other things going on around Oakley as well. I liked seeing things from her perspective, but it was good that there were some other things going on as well.
This was a book that I found quite emotionally moving to read. It was well-written and although sad in parts, there were also parts that made me smile. I would definitely be interested in reading more books by this author in the future.
Character Profile for Lucas
Name: Lucas Nelson
Height: Six feet
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Dark
Glasses or contact lenses? 20/20
Hobbies: Loved sports, especially basketball, video games, singing and hanging with friends and family.
Favorite Sayings: “Man Up”
Best Quality: Very positive and uplifting person.
Worst Quality: Kept up appearances to fit in. Had a girlfriend he didn’t really care about when he loved someone else.
Introvert or Extrovert? Extrovert. Lucas loved being the center of attention.
Best friend: His sister, Oakley. He would do anything to make her happy again.
Top things that inspire me:
Amazing teens that go through hard things
Pictures I find on Pinterest. 😉
Imagine Dragons and Hans Zimmer
A few of my own experiences as a teen
A visit to Aunt Jo’s beach house:
Oh, how I’d love to visit Aunt Jo’s beach house. The house is huge, lots of windows, clean and beautiful. Her decor is simple, yet pretty. Lot’s of seashells mixed with light blues and yellows. A happy, calm place that would be perfect to relax and wind down. It would totally be a dream vacation for me. Do you know how much writing I could get done with the beach that close? Nothing more relaxing and beautiful than the sound of waves rolling in and the smell of the salty sea air. Actually, I don’t know if I’d get any writing done after all, since I’ve always wanted to learn how to surf… 🙂