When Annie suddenly chops off her hair, quits beauty pageants, and gains weight, the focus changes—Annie is still the star of the family, but for all the wrong reasons. Sarah knows something has happened, but she too is caught in her own spiral after her boyfriend breaks up with her and starts hanging out with one of Annie’s old friends.
Annie is intent on keeping her painful secret safe. But when she and Sarah start spending time together again for the first time in years, walls start to break on both sides … and words that had been left unsaid could change everything.
- I've read enough of Carol's books to know that when I pick one up, it is going to be rough. This one was no different, but the reason I love these books so much is because they deal with tough things in a very real and tasteful way, and there is always hope at the end. The character can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and they can start to heal.
- Annie was crying out for help without actually crying out for help, and the only one that really noticed was her sister. Annie's mom belittled her, her friends ditched her, and her peers mocked her. It was SO sad, but that is life. People are cruel. It was very heartwarming to see Sarah reach out and get to know her sister.
- I loved the format of the book. Carol is always trying new formats and styles of writing, and I love it! Sarah's perspectives read like a normal book, but Annie's thoughts were short choppy lines.
- The ending didn't really take me by surprise, but it I was still surprised. I kinda guessed what was going on with Annie, but it was still a shock to me.
- Great story, great writing, great book! I love Carol's books!