A powerful debut novel about the gray space between truth and perception.
Quinn’s done the unthinkable: she kissed a guy who is not Carey, her boyfriend. And she got caught. Being branded a cheater would be bad enough, but Quinn is deemed a traitor, and shunned by all of her friends. Because Carey’s not just any guy—he’s serving in Afghanistan and revered by everyone in their small, military town.
Quinn could clear her name, but that would mean revealing secrets that she’s vowed to keep—secrets that aren’t hers to share. And when Carey goes MIA, Quinn must decide how far she’ll go to protect her boyfriend…and her promise.
Not only is Cory Jackson a fellow Bookanista, but she also just graduated from the MFA program I started this summer, where I got the chance to hear her read from this book. Oh man...I had all the tears, and I knew I had to get it as soon as it came out. Which I did, but it was in the middle of the busiest period of my life ever, and I just now got around to reading it. And by "just now," I mean the other night when I stayed up until the wee hours to finish it all in one sitting because it was that damn good.
This book really made me feel every single feeling and every tiny feeling in between that. There was nothing in this book that was clear cut, it was all gray areas, and it gives you so much to think about. I think that was my favorite thing, really. I thought about so many things after I finished this book, mainly would I have gone through what Quinn went through to keep Carey's secret? (My answer is that I wouldn't and couldn't have. And that prompted a lot of pondering of what that says about my character, which is a totally different blog post.) There are so many things to think about with this book because the characters are all flawed, all of them, and they are flawed in such realistic and fascinating ways, making me able to relate with their bad choices, even if they were things I wouldn't have done.
I loved the writing in this book, too. Absolutely flawless prose that probably makes people think that writing is easy.
I smiled, frowned, sniffled, and ugly cried my way through this book, and I loved every second of it. I can't recommend this one enough.