Paperback, 236 pages
Expected publication: June 5th 2014 by In This Together Media
ISBN: not available
“One quiet night in Boulder, Colorado, Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor made a mistake. In the next instant, her life changed forever. Aspen doesn’t want to remember the devastating car accident that killed Katelyn Ryan, a sleek-haired popular soccer player. But forgetting is hard– because Katelyn may have died — but she didn’t leave. Her ghost is following Aspen around, and heading into senior year, it’s kind of a problem. Especially when Katelyn’s gorgeous former boyfriend Ben appears to be the only person at school with a clue as to how Aspen feels. Popularity, college, Homecoming Court, hot guys – none of these things ever mattered to Aspen. She’s been busy trying to rein in her giant mass of blonde curls, keep her stoner mother Ninny away from Toaster, her mom’s awful bongo drumming boyfriend, and prevent her best friends Kim and Cass from killing – or kissing – one another. But with Ben sitting next to her in Physics looking all too gorgeous, Katelyn’s spirit dogging her steps, and her obsessive snow-globe collecting therapist begging her to remember all the things she wants to forget, Aspen is thrust into a vivid, challenging world she can’t control … and doesn’t want to. A darkly funny, emotionally gripping story of opening up, letting go, and moving on, ASPEN is about the best-worst accident of your life … and what comes next.”
I went into this book head-first not knowing what it was about at all (I didn’t even quickly look on Goodreads which is literally my second home). But I am glad I did because it made the reading experience so much more surprising. At first I was immediately reminded of the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer which, I had absolutely no problem with, but was still surprised with because of the bright cover. The story starts 17-year-old Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor starting her senior year. But unfortunately she’s going back to school with a cast on her leg and a scar on her forehead that’ll never go. This novel takes place after Aspen has been involved in car accident that killed Katelyn Ryan, who to Aspen’s knowledge could do no wrong and everyone loved her. Unluckily for Aspen, Katelyn never really left and now follows her round and appears at incontinent moments. But as Aspen gets closer to Katelyn’s boyfriend, Ben, Katelyn demands more and more attention…
This book was written entirely from Aspen’s point of view using first person. This was effectively used by Cranes as we got to really delve into Aspen’s life and emotions and got to see her as a raw, relatable human being, who had a lot of flaws but at the same time had so many positive and enriching traits that you cant help but love her. Her thoughts were so beautiful and full of meaning, due to delicate crafting from Rebekah Crane.
The ending of this book was emotional and left me pink-eyed and lachrymose. I know it is a story that will stay with me for a long time and taught me morals that I think anyone can relate to and reflect on. The characters still make me smile when I think about them. And I would absolutely love to read a sequel to this book; or preferably just anything else by Rebekah Crane as her writing has touched my heart.
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