Author: Non Pratt Publisher: Barrington Stoke Release Date: 15th August 2017 Genre: YA, Contemporary, LGBT Pages: 140 ––– Unboxedis about four teenagers who come together after several months apart. In previous years, they had put together a time capsule about their best summer with a friend who was dying. Now that their friend has passed, they reunite to open the box. ––– Hello Non Pratt, my new favourite author. No, but seriously, I was expecting really good things from this book because I’ve read Pratt’s other book, Remix, and boy I was not disappointed.
Alix is such a cinnamon roll that needs to be protected at ALL COSTS. I’m so glad Pratt chose Alix to be the narrator because it probably wouldn’t have been as good with any of the other characters telling the story.
Ben and Zara were such a pair of cuties that I loved and shipped since almost page one. I despised Ash but, to be honest, I think he was written to be despised.
“I know why we all fell apart, that's just what happens. But things that fall apart can be put back together, right? Even if there's a piece missing.”
Pratt also has this exceptional fluidity to her writing. It’s just so easy to read as the words flow along with you as if you were reciting the alphabet. It’s utterly unique and distinctive and if I had to read one of her works without knowing she wrote it, I would probably be able to guess it was her.
Such a strong, solid story that dealt with cancer in a different way but I’m gonna say it loud and clear: it was just as effective as The Fault in Our Stars and tbh, more so.
“But the thing about knowing you're about to die is that you spend a lot of time thinking about being alive. Way more than you do if you're actually going to live - living takes up so much brain space that it squished out the other stuff. The important things. Like when you feel like the best version of yourself. Who was there when you did. Whether you've been chasing that version of yourself ever since and never found her.”
Now I just have to get my claws on Trouble or I’ll go mental. At least I have Truth or Dare to look forward to as well!!! I’m very excited and I loved this emotional rollercoaster of a story that almost left in tears (especially Millie’s letter omfg).
My only, only complaint is that this amazing story was CERTAINLY NOT LONG ENOUGH.