I feel that the first book an author writes shows us who they are. Sets the tone for everything in the future. With this emotion packed book, Christine Brae has proved that she is here to stay. She has proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that she is an author who is a force to be reckoned with.
From the first page, you are drawn into the story of Isa. There is no easy way to sugarcoat it. Isa had a crappy childhood. All she longed for was the love of her family. Time and time again, she is disappointed and abandoned by the adults in her life. Left to fend for herself, she longs for someone to love her. To notice her. To acknowledge her.
Not long after she starts a new school, or rather, restarts it, the 2 most influential relationships of her life simultaneously begin. A first love with Jesse, and a friendship so deep with Alex. To say anything else about these two would be a disservice to anyone who hasn't read this yet. Just know that you will want to, no, NEED to read this story. You will fall in love, want to punch something or someone, be heartbroken, be healed, only to begin the cycle again.
In the end, lights shines on everything and everyone, and in time, can heal you. Fantastically written book!