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Blurb (from Goodreads):
“The mother I knew would never do those things.But maybe I never knew her after all.”
Clothes, jokes, coded messages…Cecilia Brooks and her mom shared everything. At least, CeCe thought they did. Six months ago, her mom killed herself after accusations of having sex with a student, and CeCe’s been the subject of whispers and taunts ever since. Now, at the start of her high school senior year, between dealing with her grieving, distracted father, and the social nightmare that has become her life, CeCe just wants to fly under the radar. Instead, she’s volunteering at the school’s crisis hotline—the same place her mother worked.
As she counsels troubled strangers, CeCe’s lingering suspicions about her mom’s death surface. With the help of Sam, a new student and newspaper intern, she starts to piece together fragmented clues that point to a twisted secret at the heart of her community. Soon, finding the truth isn’t just a matter of restoring her mother’s reputation, it’s about saving lives—including CeCe’s own…
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“How could she do this to me? Take her own life, sleep with that boy. The mother I knew would never do those things.”
This was a YA mystery story about a girl whose mother had committed suicide following allegations of sleeping with a student.
I felt quite sorry for Cece, losing her mother the way she did couldn’t have been easy, especially when it happened in such a shocking way. It was obvious that she’d been really close with her mother too, which would have made things even harder.
The storyline in this was about Cece trying to find out if her mother left her a final message, by volunteering for the crisis call centre which her mother founded. We got a bit of mystery over whether Cece’s mother’s death was really a suicide, and what exactly lead up to her final moments, and whether there was someone preying on young girls and taking sexually explicit photos of them. There was also a little bit of romance (although there was the slightest hint of a love triangle with Sam and Liam).
The ending to this was okay, although I did kind-of guess who the guilty party was.
6.5 out of 10