Heartrending and desolate. Jennifer Snyder weaves a wonderful story about the cost of addiction and the struggle to win free of it. Seth and Ali start on opposite sides of the addiction spectrum when they meet and as he starts to break the grip it has on his life, she gets further drawn into it.
A number of reviewers on Goodreads.com have said that they didn't see the ending coming. I'm not sure who they didn't see dying in the end. I knew from about halfway through the book that Seth would kill shoot his brother, I just wish he had did it earlier, I was hoping he would after Kerri and Ali kissed, in order to try to save her before she fell too far. In the end, I am probably one of the few who understood how Ali could commit suicide. It is tough to say after reading Th1rteen R3asons Why and seeing Hannah commit suicide there, and believing that there is no good reason to commit suicide, but, maybe, in this case. . . .I actually gained a little more respect for her character. It seemed that she recognized how fall she had fallen, and didn't believe that she could recover, and if she did, she felt she had lost Seth.
To me, this reminded me a lot of Romeo and Juliet. Seth and Ali are really from two feuding families (Cops and Drug Dealers). Despite this, they fall so deeply in love, when Ali feels she has lost Seth, she commits suicide (and yes, this was a suicide, not an overdose - Jade tells 911 that she "just grabbed a handful and shoved them in her mouth!"), and that leaves Seth (after clutching her dead body to him) to commit suicide by police - he even asked himself "How was I supposed to live with the hole...where my heart used to be?"
So in the end, Ms. Snyder weaves a modern Romeo and Juliet tale of young love and its tragic ending, as well as showing us the hazards and costs of addiction.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)