‘Once Upon a Time’
I haven’t read a contemporary in such a long time so I found it really difficult to adjust to there being no magical element or new world to learn the lingo. I’m quite late to the party with this book but anyhow I enjoyed it.
I didn’t really research it that much, I didn’t want to know what it was all about before staring it. To begin with I wasn’t sure what to think. I knew there was an accident but couldn’t really get my head around the family. Why were they all so oblivious to what was happening and the adults were even worse.
It wasn’t until Cadence started talking about the accident and that she didn’t really know why people wouldn’t help her that I started getting interested. I realised that there was going to be a plot twist but couldn’t work it out. I guessed the same as Cadence herself thinking that Gat, who I didn’t really like at this point, had hurt her or worse and when she couldn’t remember being with him I thought it was even more shady. However, the further I read the more I began to understand the situation, why Gat was so angry all the time. Having an element of inequality in the novel definitely made it different for me as so many contemporaries skip over it just incase it goes the wrong way. The closer I got to the read the more immersed into the story and her illness. Summer Fifteen was a mystery and I couldn’t put the book down.
Finding out what really happened was amazing, it all suddenly clicked and i had to close the book for a second just to be like ‘woah’. But of course I picked it up again because how could I not finish it right now! Finding out that they were all dead really moved me because it meant that her whole summer she had basically been alone in Cuddledown. The way in which they said goodbye was a great end to the novel, even though her self-hatred and her feelings of failure did ruin the vibe. A sad ending worked well after realisation that her friends were all gone because of her. If only she hadn’t soaked the kitchen first.
The only thing I didn’t like about the novel is the really short chapters. I have never read an E.Lockhart novel before so I don’t know if its something that she always does but I just don’t like it when such a short book has such short chapters. I mean is 87 chapters really necessary? Nevertheless, I would definitely recommend a read if you haven’t already, or even make sure you get to the end because it is totally worth it. 🙂