Published by Sourcebooks Fire on September 1st 2015
Genres: YA, Contemporary
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
Everything about Jonah is unexpected. On the first day of school, he sits next to April, when he could have chosen to sit with the popular girl. He turns down an invitation to join the school team and declares he'd rather paint. He encourages April to develop her musical talent and shrugs off the bullies that torment them.April isn't surprised to find herself falling for Jonah. The unexpected part is when he falls for her too.But the giddy happiness of their first romance begins to fade when Jonah's unpredictability begins to take a darker turn. April understands that her boyfriend is haunted by a painful memory, but his sudden mood swings worry her. She can't explain his growing fear of cellphones, electric keyboards, and of sounds that no one else can hear. Still, no matter what happens, April is sure that she'll always stand by him.Until Jonah finally breaks and is committed to a psychiatric ward.Until schizophrenia changes everything.Though everyone urges her to let him go, April stays true to Jonah. But as the boy she adores begins to disappear in front of her, she has to face her worst fear: that her love may not be enough to save him.
In an Oyster Shell – It was a refreshing read that left you feeling raw but hopeful. Not only do I recommend this book. I think anyone that calls themselves a bibliophile should own it.
The Pearls – I always like a book that deals with mental illness, especially in young people. It’s an epidemic. It is real life. I thought how the author portrayed schizophrenia, made it easier for me to understand someone that might struggle for this.
The theme of first love is so strong. It’s so heartbreaking a big part of why the MC ends up in the situation she does is because she’s fallen in love for the first time. First loves can be brutal! I really appreciated how this was resolved in the end.
I definitely have to point out the fact that the character was Jewish. Being a person that also observes Jewish traditions, I round this refreshing. There is so much talk about diverse reading… I think this book should qualify for that. There are not too many books that deal with modern Judaism.
I really appreciate how this book ended. I felt like it was a realistic solution to the conflict of the book. It was very well-done.
The Sand – This book will leave you astounded. I have no complaints.
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