I received this free from the publishers via NetGalley for review purposes
June’s home life resolves around abuse from her step mother – she is trapped and she is silent. June is a biracial girl and after her mother’s death and her father’s remarriage she suffers abuse and racism at the hands of her step mother. But then June meets a boy in the woods and she finds a little bit of happiness, hope and escape from her home life.
I was not expecting such a dark and traumatic book. It is raw and full of emotion, and the ending is realistic yet harrowing and sad. June is a character you can’t help but love and root for. The friendship and relationship between June and Blister was a fantastically developed one. From childhood into their teenage years. Blisters devotion to June is admirable and hopeful. A really fantastically written relationship which was a joy to read.
The plot was compelling and unpredictable. The ending was shocking and unexpected, but it fit perfectly with the story and made me very emotional towards the end. It shows how society treats victims of abuse, and how and why some people stay silent, and that not everything we see on the surface is true.
The writing was very strong, and I liked how the story itself was structured with the ‘Before’ and ‘After’ sections.
An uncomfortable, chilling and harrowing book, but one I would only recommend if you feel like you can handle the themes of abuse.