Fair warning, I'm putting on my "Mom Hat" here for this "young adult" book.
I thought that this book was very good, VERY good for the first 95% of the book then it shifted on it's head. I was so impressed by the author's ability to really describe the depth of depression that some people feel. That all consuming blackness that they can't see their way out of.
It was hard seeing two teens experience something like that. Especially when they had family and they just seemed either oblivious or impotent to help them. But they found each other and that was great. I felt like was something positive even though their relationship wasn't healthy at all.
But then, at the end of the book, I felt like where the author could do some tremendous good with her message, she just really punked out! She went into such detail about the depression and the willingness to want to end it all, but didn't go into what could be on the other side with work and commitment to recovery. That was more like a "fade to black" sex scene. You figure it out.
I thought that was irresponsible. I thought that she could have really done something good here. Really helped someone going through something like this. But, you can't fall in love and just think everything will be fixed. Like everything else, recovery is work. You are just fixed overnight or maybe not even in six weeks like in this book.
I wish that had been handled better. I would want someone to explain that to my teen. I was glad that Aysel found something to live for, but we take that and build on it. That's not everything. What if it doesn't work out? Will she go right back to wanting to kill herself?
So, that's why I could only give this *3 STARS*. I think the beginning was *5 STARS* material but the end just totally screwed it up for me.
***In all fairness, I have to say that the author does say exactly what I'm saying about the long road to recovery in her author's note, but I felt like it would have done more good in the actual story.***