Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Book Review: Aspen by Rebekah Crane

Born under a tree at an outdoor music festival, to a teenage mother who didn't even know she was pregnant, Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor could be expected to have had a somewhat less than typical childhood. But as she begins her senior year of high school, it isn't her irresponsible (yet somehow always well-meaning) mother that is causing most of her life's current complications.

After a devastating car accident that left her with a broken leg, and tragically cut short the life of her popular classmate Katelyn, Aspen is wracked with guilt. To make matters worse, and ensure that she can't get past the guilt, she is also being haunted by Katelyn's ghost.

Tumultuous emotions continue when Aspen discovers that the recent tragedy has somehow increased her popularity at school. Is it because people feel sorry for her and want to try to make or feel better, or because they're just really noticing her for the first time?

And things are complicated even further when Aspen is suddenly befriended by Katelyn's best friend, and begins to develop a close relationship with Ben, Katelyn's boyfriend at the time of her death. By way of their very nature, both relationships are complicated and confusing at first. But both happen so naturally (and never once seem at all contrived) that their development seems perfectly suited to the characters.

I completely and totally loved this book. As much as I enjoyed Playing Nice, Crane's first novel, this one completely blew it away. Her writing style is developing beautifully, and I can't wait for her next book. (And the next one, and the next one.) This one instantly sucked me in, and I absolutely devoured it. (Seriously. I neglected just about everything else in my life for a whole day just so I could finish it.)

Crane has an uncanny ability for writing YA fiction, with completely believable characters, incredibly realistic dialogue, and stories that kind of put you through the emotional wringer. If you're a YA fan, you should absolutely add this to your reading list.

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