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Published by HarperCollins on June 5th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Death & Dying, Family, Romance, Siblings, Social Themes, Young Adult Fiction
Rose Asher believes in ghosts. She should, since she has one for a best friend: Logan, her annoying, Netflix-addicted brother, who is forever stuck at fifteen. But Rose is growing up, and when an old friend moves back to Laguna Canyon and appears in her drama class, things get complicated.
Jamie Aldridge is charming, confident, and a painful reminder of the life Rose has been missing out on since her brother's death. She watches as Jamie easily rejoins their former friends--a group of magnificently silly theater nerds--while avoiding her so intensely that it must be deliberate.
Yet when the two of them unexpectedly cross paths, Rose learns that Jamie has a secret of his own, one that changes everything. Rose finds herself drawn back into her old life--and to Jamie. But she quickly starts to suspect that he isn't telling her the whole truth.
All Rose knows is that it's becoming harder to choose between the boy who makes her feel alive and the brother she isn't ready to lose.
I really enjoy Robyn Schneider’s writing and story-telling style, so it should come as no surprise to anyone that I really loved this book!
Rose has been living with a secret. She sees ghosts… more specifically, one, her brother Logan, who died at 15. Since his death, Rose has pushed aside anything and everything to spend time him. She’s stuck with a group of friends she barely tolerates and sees only at school, until a long-lost friend returns.
Jamie used to be the boy next door. They were friends until he moved away and they grew apart. Now he’s back and as she watches him slide easily back into her former friend group, she can’t help but think of all the things she’s missing out on because of her sense of obligation to her ghost of a brother.
When Rose finds out Jamie has a secret of his own, one that will bind them in ways no one could have expected, she starts to spread her wings and take back the life she has wanted to get back to. Unfortunately, Logan isn’t happy to see her growing up and apart from him.
I absolutely loved this ship. Rose and Jamie were so wonderfully cute and sweet and watching them rekindle their friendship was simply the best. I love that this story had a paranormal spin to it. It made it unique and stand out from other contemporaries in a way that was unexpected.
If you’re looking for a quick and lovely story that really focuses on grief and family and friendship, this is the story for you. Schneider really does an amazing job of conveying the gravity and seriousness of these topics, but adds a touch of humor and levity that is needed in books like this.