I loved the way the author slowly revealed the nararator’s past through flashbacks that tied in with what was happening “now” in the story. The plot pulled me in from page one. Emma, Jake, Abby, and the rest of Richmond’s colorful, vivid, utterly real characters totally came to life as I read. I was a little disapointed by Jake’s attitude toward Abby at the end – which, if you read the book, you’ll know what I’m talking about. And really, the only people who got a happy ending are Goofy and Annabel. Everyone else will always have this huge event in their lives – an entire year taken from them because of one person’s stupid idea – and Richmond doesn’t say exactly how they deal with this, just that Abby is “moving forward” at the end.
Still, it was an amazing story, very well told, and seemed like it could really be happening. I liked that Richmond did a lot of research on memory in order to make Abby’s own memory-research that much more authentic when she wrote it out.
All in all, a very good book and definitely a good one to have a reading buddy to share and discuss it with.