Jem Halliday is in love with her best friend Kai.
Only Kai is in love with someone else. That someone is another boy.
When Kai’s sexuality is outed online Kai does the unthinkable and commits suicide.
Jem feels like her life is over, decides that she want’s her life to be over. Plans for her life to be over, but then she receives an envelope, that contains twelve letters, all from Kai.
With strict instructions to open each letter on a specific day each month Jem decides that she can hold on a little longer, she can wait a year, she can read Kai’s letter’s and she can spend that year exacting revenge on the ones that forced Kai to his death.
This is the first of Clarke’s novels that I’ve read, but it won’t by any means be the last.
Clarke expertly guides us through the highs and lows of being a teenager, from the amazing friendships that can be made, to the utter devastation that bullying can bring, and the way peer pressure can cause you to be a person you never thought you would become.
I can honestly say I’ve never had a book cause my heart to hurt quite like this one, ripping open old wounds of high school, making me remember just what it was like to be a teenage girl….. She highlighted the best and worst of those years so well that I defy anyone not to be able to connect to some element of what the characters go through on a personal level.
This book most definitely packed a punch right up until the last page which left me an emotional wreck… Why? Well you’ll just have to read it to find out won’t you!!