Sunday, 29 June 2014

Aspen by Rebekah Crane

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to In This Together Media and NetGalley.
Blurb (From Goodreads):
One quiet night in Boulder, Colorado, Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor made a mistake.

In the next instant, her life changed forever.

Aspen doesn't want to remember the devastating car accident that killed Katelyn Ryan, a sleek-haired popular soccer player. But forgetting is hard-- because Katelyn may have died -- but she didn't leave. Her ghost is following Aspen around, and heading into senior year, it's kind of a problem. Especially when Katelyn's gorgeous former boyfriend Ben appears to be the only person at school with a clue as to how Aspen feels.

Popularity, college, Homecoming Court, hot guys - none of these things ever mattered to Aspen. She's been busy trying to rein in her giant mass of blonde curls, keep her stoner mother Ninny away from Toaster, her mom's awful bongo drumming boyfriend, and prevent her best friends Kim and Cass from killing - or kissing - one another. But with Ben sitting next to her in Physics looking all too gorgeous, Katelyn's spirit dogging her steps, and her obsessive snow-globe collecting therapist begging her to remember all the things she wants to forget, Aspen is thrust into a vivid, challenging world she can't control … and doesn't want to.

A darkly funny, emotionally gripping story of opening up, letting go, and moving on, ASPEN is about the best-worst accident of your life ... and what comes next.

Aspen by Rebekah Crane

My rating: 3.38 of 5 stars

Aspen(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to In This Together Media and NetGalley.)
16-year-old Aspen was in a head-on collision which resulted in a broken leg for her, and death for the driver of the other car – a girl named Katelyn who was one of the most popular girls at Aspen’s school.
What caused the accident? Can Aspen come to terms with what happened? And will Katelyn’s ghost ever leave her alone?

This was an interesting story, but it did lose its way a bit in the middle.

I liked Aspen and I liked that she was a bit quirky. She had a really unique relationship with her mum which was a bit of an eye-opener, and I liked her outlook on life.

The storyline in this was okay, but it lost its way a bit in the middle. Things happened that didn’t seem believable, and that annoyed me. There wasn’t really any explanation as to how Aspen suddenly became so popular! One minute she’s a weird girl with a hippie for a mother, and the next she’s friends with the popular people, and all she had to do was kill the school’s queen bee? Bit weird. There also weren’t as many sightings of the ghost as I would have expected.
There was a bit of romance in this, and there was some behind-closed-doors sex. Be warned that poor Aspen has to sit through listening to her mother and latest boyfriend having sex on the dining room table though!

The ending to this was good, and picked back up a bit after the slow patch. I actually hadn’t realised that there was such a mystery to the accident in which Katelyn died, as most of the book didn’t seem to actually focus on that. The big reveal was actually quite good though!
Overall; okay story about a girl post-car-accident,
6.75 out of 10.

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