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S. A. Williams
on March 03, 2013 :
While I'm not a fan of the religious overtones this author seems to embrace, per se, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Kelly Martin crafts a cast of characters that are truly relate-able to almost anyone who's gone through high school and combined them with a plot that is as engaging for young adults as it is to those a bit older. Make no mistake, this book deals with some heavy subject matter, but Martin does so with grace and, frankly, I found that I couldn't put the book down.
So why not 5 stars? Well, the ending seemed a little contrived; I'd like a bit more than the easy resolution Martin gives the characters. Further, the whole pain-killer question, which could have just as easily been left alone is brought into sharp focus ever-so-briefly--then left hanging. Perhaps the intent is for the reader to make his/her own assumptions here, but given the otherwise clean ending Martin seems to have worked so hard to craft, it felt a bit out of place.
That aside, the bottom line is that this is a great novel and worth a read, it definitely won me over.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)