REVIEW: Aspen – Rebekah Crane


Rebekah Crane

Stand alone

Paperback, 236 pages

Expected publication: June 5th 2014 by In This Together Media

ISBN: not available

– 4.5 stars

“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.”

This is a stand alone novel by the brilliantly talented Miss Rebekah Crane, who has a way with words. This novel was light and funny but also had some darker undertones and taught me a very serious and important message that truly touched my heart. It is not often that books can does this effectively, but this contemporary-romance does this to the point where it brought tears to my eyes. I didn’t even cry at the Fault in Our Stars, but this! I couldn’t stop bawling. This book taught me that sometimes it’s ok to let go and that sometimes death can remind us of what we have to live for. And I think for a book this short to be able to convey such a strong message- and especially to teenagers- takes a very gifted and accomplished author and Crane definitely delivers!

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.

Aspen’s friends, Kim and Cass, were fantastic side characters that realistically portrayed the ups and downs of teenage friend and relationships. Ninny also was a fantastic character that I both disliked and loved at the same time. Her comments were hilarious and so unexpected for a parent to say. This is also what I had a problem with: she was a troubled parent who, at times, was completely unreliable and unable to care for a child. The only character I had an issue with was Suzy. I couldn’t seem to trust her and thought she was out to hurt Aspen and I just couldn’t connect to her as well as other characters.

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.

Please like and comment below if you have read this book, you want to buy this book but need more persuading or if you agreed/disagreed with my review. I’d love to hear from you! Or you can contact me here.

* This book was sent to me by a publisher in return for an honest review.

4 thoughts on “REVIEW: Aspen – Rebekah Crane

  1. Lillie

    The book sounds so promising! I haven’t had the chance yet to read it but from all the reviews I’ve read so far, everyone really seems to like the book!


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