Author: Cylin Busby
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Bloomsbury Children's (September 4, 2012)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Realistic Fiction
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!
West is a high school senior who has everything going for him until an accident leaves him paralyzed. Strapped down in his hospital bed, slipping in and out of consciousness, West is terrified and alone. Until he meets Olivia. She’s the girl next door—sort of. A patient in the room next to his, only Olivia can tell what West is thinking, and only Olivia seems to know that the terrible dreams he’s been having are not just a result of his medication. Yet as West comes to rely on Olivia—to love her, even—certain questions pull at him: Why has Olivia been in the hospital for so long? And what does it mean that she is at the center of his nightmares? But the biggest question of all comes when West begins to recover and learns that the mysterious girl he’s fallen in love with has a secret he could never have seen coming.
I think this book might just have hooked me after the first few pages. I loved the slight air of mystery it had right off the bat. Not knowing exactly what was going on or even who all the characters in the story where. It had almost a dark air to it.
It was slightly disarming in a really good way. It pulled me into the story and made me want to read more to find out all I could about West and the accident and about Olivia too.
I really liked that we didn't get all those details right in the beginning of the story, it made it feel like a really good present that you had to unwrap one layer at a time to get to the surprise inside.
And just when I thought I had things finally figured out, Busby would throw in another curve ball and completely unwind everything I had thought I had woven into a nice neat package.
This story kept me on my toes, constantly trying to figure it all out and left just wanting more.
West's journey through his whole ordeal was so done so well, the nightmares, comas, dreams, even the people he talked to (and didn't really talk to) all kept so mysterious and unbelievable yet completely believable at the same time. I loved the slight paranormal aspect as well.
This whole book was a masterpiece of twists and turns and dark corridors. Nightmares and dreams, visions, of truths and half truths, of reality and make believe and I absolutely loved every minute of it.
Anything that Busby happens to write in the future will be immediately purchased by me, I loved her writing that much.