“LOVE this book. Great perspective.”turtlesteach wrote this review Wednesday, December 23, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of my all time favorite books. I felt like I could relate to the character, and it was just an amazing book.”Jessica A wrote this review Tuesday, September 8, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is life-changing and emotional. This book may not be for everyone, but it is a lot to miss out on. I loved the plot, characters, and simply everything about it. At times you can find yourself trying to relate to Aimee, and yet at other times wishing you didn't relate to her at all. 5 STARS”BDockery wrote this review Friday, June 5, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“i liked this book a lot”Katie Potter wrote this review Tuesday, April 14, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The beginning of this book is annoyingly slow, but for some reason it kept me reading. Towards the end when the book picked up was the saving grace for me. ”Dena C wrote this review Wednesday, May 28, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I think that this book is probably one of my favorites now that I've completed it. The story focuses on a teenage girl who is accused of helping her friend committ suicide and how her life and point of view has changed throughout the time after the trial ends. The story picks up after the trial so throughout the book you get bits and pieces of what really happened to Aimee, which I really enjoyed. I really understood the fact that the narrator's name was not given until near the very end of the novel, because at the end of the novel is when the narrator (Zoe) finally has an epiphany about her life and what happened and how she can get through and continue her own life. I thought Zoe and her friends were very realistic and I caught myself relating them to people in my own life, and comparing myself to the characters that had traits like myself. I thought the book had a good message for not only teenagers, but for anyone who reads it. It deals with suicide and how difficult it is to move on when you lose someone close to you, and how if someone would just take the initiative to say something to try to help that things could end up differently. The book also dealed with issues that teenagers face everyday such as feeling left out and alone, having feelings for your friends, and that one group of friends you have in your life that you feel is as close as your family. I would recommend this book to anyone, and I would re-read it in the future. I thought it was a really amazing book that went a lot deeper than I expected.”Amber R wrote this review Monday, March 3, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The book is excellently written except for one thing. Early in the book we learn that Zoe was tried for the murder (or, at least assisting in the girl's death) of a girl named Aimee. She was acquitted , but was banned by court-order from having anything to do with her friends and was also to go to a psychiatrist.
I kept wondering why, if she was acquitted, she could be under "court-orders" for anything at all. If she was not guilty, then she was not guilty and the court didn't have any right to put restrictions on her.
Finally, on page 253 of the book, we find out that she was convicted of breaking-and-entering into Aimee's house before she supposedly helped Aimee commit suicide. Maybe most people wouldn't be bothered by that, but I kept wondering for 252 pages just how some of the plot points could have ever gotten started if the girl had been found not guilty.
I just wish the author would have pointed out Zoe's conviction for breaking-and-entering at the beginning of the book, the same time we found out she had been charged with assisting Aimee's death. It was a distraction to me to keep wondering for so long where these "court orders" arose for an innocent girl.
Anyhow, other than that point, the book is excellent. It's a good lesson about listening to people, especially for adults to listen to what their kids are actually saying. The book also provides a very excellent insight into the consequences of someone's suicide, how it affects those who are left behind.
Please kind in mind, though, that this book is very graphic in its description of what happens to Aimee during her suicide. It has some details that might make some people feel quite uneasy.
“A great YA book. Everyone is blaming Aimee for something that she did not even do. ”readsall wrote this review Wednesday, July 9, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“So Amazing, I re-read it and I think I'm going to read it again. It surrounds you in a different world. I started talking about the characters to my friends even. It was so good! ”withafunnyheart wrote this review Thursday, October 11, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No