Aspen is a young woman who has experienced an enormously tragic event at a 16and the story follows her through her journey to heal. She has some unlikely companions on this journey including the boyfriend of the girl who died, her best friend and Aspen’s own quirky mother.
Following a horrific car accident, Aspen spends her summer recovering from the physical injuries. The emotional injuries are an entirely different story though. Haunted by the ghost of the other driver, Aspen carries the blame of her death with her like a heavy weight only she can bear. This weight threatens to drown her when she returns to school and her life has changed. She is the girl who survived and while she had been able to fly under the radar to some extent before the accident, she now has nearly celebrity status.
Aspen is merely counting down the days till she graduates and can get away from the life she has never really been happy with. Her mother is a flighty,insecure woman who has a lot of growing up to do. Aspen has always taken care of her and has raised herself. The dynamics of their relationship is expertly developed throughout the book, but is just an undercurrent to the real storyline.
Aspen carries guilt for the accident and Crane had me looking one way when the real reason for the accident hit me from the other direction. I won’t give it away because I think that is the best part of the book, but needless to say, I didn't see it coming and was thrilled with the reality of it.
Crane expertly weaves Aspen’s story into one so relatable I felt I was therewith her. It helped that the setting is a place well known to those who live here, Boulder, Colorado. Her descriptions were dead on and the college town became a character in and of itself. It is worth your time to read this book.
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