“We may be different, but in this moment we’re feeling the exact same thing: the sad kind of bliss where you realize, suddenly, how perfect your life really has been all along. So perfect it hurts, and you could let yourself weep if you wanted. So perfect that even though everything you know is ending, you truly believe life will continue to be beautiful, even—or maybe especially—in those pure moments of loss.”
When Natalie was six years old, a ghost woman called “Grandmother” used to visit her frequently at nights to comfort her when she was asleep, and tell her Native American stories. Natalie was getting attached to this woman, but when her parents knew about everything, they thought something was wrong with her, so they went with her to so many therapy sessions. After a while, “Grandmother” stopped visiting her at night, and she was finally relieved. After a couple of years, Natalie is about to graduate from high school now and leave her small town to pursue her bright future in Brown university. But, everything gets complicated when “Grandmother” reappears again in her room one night and tells her that she has three months only to save him, but she doesn’t know who’s the guy she is supposed to save and from what danger exactly. After that visit, she has started seeing things disappear and reappear, and finding herself in somewhere else suddenly. Sometimes, she even gets glimpses of things or people she has never seen before. However, the mission of saving the world and the mysterious boy lies in her hands. Will she be willing to jump into an unknown world and sacrifice herself to save this boy?
I like how this book is a blend of different genres at once. It’s not just a contemporary romance, it’s scientific, mystery, magical realism, time travel. Basically, this book is a combination of every genre I like, which is awesome. Let’s talk about Natalie. She is this super strong girl who doesn’t let anything stops her from doing what she really wants. Throughout the book, she keeps wanting to dig deeper and find out more about her mom who gave her up for adoption, and questioning her roots, just to be reassured. Her character is so interesting, witty, and stubborn at the same time, which made her personality as a fictional character more unique. I also loved that part when she stopped doing what her friends told her to do, because she wasn’t being herself at all. She is growing up, and she wants to be liberated from where she lives, because she believes that there’s so much more than being trapped in this small town. Also, her friendship with Meg is so adorable and quite strong, which is something rare in YA novels these days. There are things that I didn’t like in this book, such as the instant love between Natalie and Beau, which is ridiculous. I mean, this doesn’t happen in real life! From the moment she saw him, she was obsessed with his eyes and his hair, and wanted to love him forever. Are you serious?! I didn’t buy that at all. There’s a difference between liking someone for how they look, and loving someone for who they are. Also, the therapy sessions in the middle of this book are so confusing. The information dumping was so exaggerated, because as a reader, I felt that there were so many important stuff going on, and the author was dragging the plot for so long instead of giving us some answers. Despite the things that I didn’t totally like, this book is still worth the read. It discusses some sensitive topics like, growing up, discovering yourself, adoption, love, family, friendship, finding your authentic self. I still can’t decide if I like the ending or not, because it annoyed me a little bit. Lastly, don’t hesitate to pick up this book, you’ll definitely like it, if you’re into magical realism and mystical stories.