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Reviewed in the United States on February 7, 2020
I have to say that I ended up LOVING this book, but I only gave it 4 stars because it took a while for it to capture me. It started out a little on the slow side and really didn’t draw me in until about a third of the way through the book, but after that point I couldn’t even put it down. I absolutely loved those characters - especially Taisy, Ben, Marcus, and Luka.
Taisy is estranged from her father and so when he calls her out of the blue and asks to see her, it surprises and intrigues her. She is drawn back to the town where she grew up and with her physical return, all of the memories and emotions also return. She finds herself reflecting on her past and consequently begins to question the childhood of her estranged father. Although her father has asked her to write his life story, he only meant his life starting in graduate school. Taisy finds she cannot write the story her father wants, instead she decides to seek her own answers.
Willow is Taisy’s half sister and the beloved of their father. She is his precious one. She has grown up sheltered and adored, but when her father’s health takes a sharp downturn, she is sent to public school for the first time in her life. She experiences the mean things and awful things of high school and finds solace in the company of one of her teachers. She is so naive and so inexperienced and feels so adored by her male teacher that she starts spiraling down a path that cannot lead anywhere good.
Taisy and Willow find themselves bound to each other in a tangle of emotions and experiences and slowly form a bond of friendship and sisterhood. I grew to love them each throughout the book. I never grew to have in inkling of like or admiration for their father though.
This book takes readers on a journey of friendship, first loves, and Mainly second chances. If you get a second chance at love and life and friendship, do you take it?