Very emotional story of a teenage girl struggling to overcome grief after her boyfriend is gunned down in front of her eyes. The author so skilfully described what Scarlett was going through that I could fully empathise with Scarlett and felt her pain as if it were my own. This strong characterisation is a great strength to have in an author.
In terms of plot, I didn't like the way people kept dropping out of the story, like Annie and Jake. Perhaps it's understandable that some people don't know how to respond to another's deep grief but I would have liked to see the friendships getting patched up once Scarlett starts to make a new life without Levi, especially since Annie and Jake have long histories with Scarlett. I didn't like the way that they dropped out of the story and were never heard of again, suggesting that the rift was never healed. Similarly, we are never told how Scarlett's family situation worked out, whether it was resolved. This is a thread that was left hanging and it made the story feel unfinished.
(review of free book)