Featured Review: The Survival List (Courtney Sheinmel)
About This Book:
Sloane Weber is devastated when her older sister dies by suicide. Talley was a bright light who made everyone want to step closer. Why had she made that unthinkable choice? The only clue Talley left behind for Sloane is a puzzle—a list of random places and names, along with the phone number of a boy named Adam, who lives in California and claims he didn’t know Talley. Sloane heads west, enlists Adam’s help, and together they search for answers. But while Sloane is drawn to Adam, she can’t shake the feeling that he’s hiding something. Is Sloane ready to learn the truth—about Adam, her sister, or the secrets her family has been hiding for years?
*Review Contributed By Michelle Lynn Indie Staff Manager*
Sloane is dealing with her sister's suicide when she finds a list her sister wrote. With no clue why she wrote it or what it means, Sloan knows she must find out. The secrets to her sister's suicide might be out in California, so she leaves her home and travels across the country in search of answers. Along the way, she finds not only secrets about her sister, but also about her mom - dead she since was little. With the help of a boy she's never met, she tracks down each item on the list.
What I liked:
The story says a lot of about grief, especially the grief belonging to those whose loved ones die by suicide. It has an amazing depth and Sloane is a great character you can't help but feel for. The writing is fantastic, with a style that sucks you and in won't let you go. When reading, it's easy to really feel all the emotions packed into these words.
What was just okay:
I wish there'd been more depth to the friendship she develops and also the relationship she begins with a family member she didn't know about. Characters other than Sloane were just kind of there in the book. I never felt like I truly knew the answers behind the list even in the end. I wanted more.
A heartfelt story of grief and a search for answers. It conquers some tough questions and starts good conversations. Books like this deserve to be read.
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