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Blurb (from Goodreads):
Sometimes one mistake can change everything.
Emily doesn’t know why she froze. Or why Lucas did too. Afterward, she thought of different ways to rationalize it. But the truth is, they could have helped Belinda, and they didn’t. It’s a mistake they’ll both have to live with.
Sometimes doing nothing is the only way to cope.
Belinda doesn’t want to talk about what happened. Because when she does, it feels like it’s happening all over again.
Sometimes good can come from bad.
Emily and Lucas’s punishment is community service at a center for people with disabilities. People like Belinda. Soon they feel like maybe they’re starting to make a real difference. Like they would be able to do the right thing if they could do that night all over again. Like they could help not only those at the center but also each other.
But when Belinda returns to school, Emily and Lucas have to figure out if they can do anything that will actually help the one person they hurt most.
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
For me, this book is missing a word from its title. It should be ‘A Step Toward Falling Asleep’, because this book was so dull that I had problems keeping my eyes open.
The characters in this were okay, but I didn’t love them. I could understand why Emily would freeze up rather than getting help for Belinda, but for the rest of the book I couldn’t really relate to her at all. Belinda had obviously been through something upsetting for her, and I did feel a bit sorry for her, but I couldn’t really relate to her properly either.
The storyline in this was about Belinda going back to school, and Emily and Lucas trying to help some differently abled people as punishment for their part in Belinda’s attack. I found the whole thing pretty dull though, and really struggled to stay awake and get through this. I didn’t even enjoy the romance.
The end to this was a relief more than anything. I thing some people might like this, but for me, it was a bit of a miss.
5 out of 10