Sponsord post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and NetGalley.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
On New Year's Eve, Jess's life is unrecognizable: her best friend is in the hospital, her boyfriend is a cheater. A drug-dealing cheater it would seem, after finding a stash of Nostalgex in his bag.
Nostalgex: a drug that stimulates memory. In small doses, a person can remember the order of a deck of cards, or an entire revision guide read the day before an exam. In larger doses it allows the user detailed access to their past, almost like watching a DVD with the ability to pause a moment in time, to focus on previously unnoticed details and to see everything they've ever experienced with fresh eyes. As Leon, the local dealer, says 'it's like life, only better.' What he fails to mention is that most memories are clouded by emotions. Even the most vivid memories can look very different when visited.
Across town Sam Cooper is in trouble. Again. This time, gagged and bound in the boot of a car. Getting on the wrong side of a drug dealer is never a good idea, but if he doesn't make enough money to feed and clothe his sister, who will?
On New Year's Day, Jess and Cooper's worlds collide. They must put behind their differences and work together to look into their pasts to uncover a series of events that will lead them to know what really happened on that fateful New Year's Eve. But what they find is that everything they had once believed to be true, turns out to be a lie ...
'A pleasingly dark teen thriller with fun, fresh characters. Spradbery is a debut author to watch.' James Dawson.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and NetGalley.)
“You, out of nowhere, find yourself in a drug dealer’s car, with a bag full of drugs? And you’re completely innocent in all of it?”
This was a bit of an odd story, about some kids who got messed up with dealing a drug that stimulated past memories.
There were a few different characters in this, Jess who discovered her best friend and boyfriend cheating, and Cooper who somehow got messed up with a drug dealer, when drug dealing was the last thing he wanted to be doing. I think the person I felt most sorry for was Scarlet though, who really didn’t deserve to end up in hospital. Luke on the other hand, came across as a bit of a psycho at times.
“I can’t stand the thought of what you’ve done,” she spat. “You’ve been lying to me, Luke.”
The storyline in this was about the drugs dealing, and also about who was going around setting places on fire. I did find the story a bit jumpy in places, when it was difficult to know which point of view we were seeing things from, but I got the gist. I did find some people’s actions to be a little silly at times, and I felt really sorry for Cooper too, who seemed to be fairly innocent in all of this.
The storyline with regards to the effect that the drugs had was a little odd too, although as the book said, I’m sure there would be some useful instances in which to use such a drug.
“It was too late; the drug was in her system and she was going to have to ride it out.”
There wasn’t really much romance in this story, but there was some jealously with regards to romance at several points.
“Hey, why did you break up with me again?”
“I thought you broke up with me?”
The ending to this was a bit surprising. I didn’t expect the culprit to be who it turned out to be. The whole book was a little odd overall though.
6.5 out of 10