Blurb (from Goodreads):
*The Outsiders meets Speak*
A distinctive young-adult coming-of-age debut novel about grief, loss and life choices set in a modern day troublesome neighbourhood.
After a devastating loss, sixteen-year-old Hayden Wilson finds herself stuck between a past she can’t let go of and a future that struggles to make sense. Gangs, drugs and shootings are the background to this fast-paced page-turner where every wrong choice leads Hayden one step closer to self-destruction.
A series of events will force her on the run, wanted by the police, and Hayden will have to face the consequences of her mistakes. But will she get another chance?
From a talented new voice comes an intense gripping realistic novel that tackles the issues of teenage depression through a powerful narration which will take readers through an emotional journey about an adolescent’s transition into adulthood - blending visceral experiences with authentic and poignant diary entries.
“Before Life Happened” is the first book in the “Before” series.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was a YA contemporary story about a girl whose parents died in a car accident.
Hayden was an okay character, and it was clear that she was depressed after her parent’s deaths, she was a little too whiney for me at points though.
The storyline in this was abut Hayden’s life after her parent’s deaths, and all the problems she had to deal with. These weren’t just everyday problems though, with Hayden getting into real trouble and even ending up in jail. I did feel quite sorry for Hayden and the way things kept going from bad to worse, but the story did feel a little unrealistic at times.
The ending to this was okay, but things seemed to be solved a little too easily for me.
6 out of 10