This book is balm for the soul. I was hooked from page 1 and was rooting for Shelby to the last page. Shelby is the seventeen-year-old driver in a horrible one car accident that leave her best friend, Helene, with broken vertebrate, a crushed throat and skull and brain damage from a lack of oxygen for 7 minutes that causes her to be in a permanent coma. Shelby has a nervous breakdown and cuts herself off from everyone, as a penance for what she did and to protect others from her so-called ability to destroy snd hurt everything she touches. She slowly begins to heal with the help of strangers that grow into friends, her mother who quits her job to take care of her, and a mysterious stranger who rescued her the night of the accident and continues to watch out for her and send encouraging postcards. I had not read a book by Alice Hoffman in a long time but reading this book made me remember why I love her writing especially the way you are about to feel what the characters are feeling through her writing. I gave this 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads and would highly recommend this book. I am surprised more people have not heard of and read this book– maybe a cover makeover to attract young adult and contemporary readers to this beautiful book.
I received a free advanced copy of this book from NetGalley for review consideration.