by Stephanie Kuehn
Releases |June 24th 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin|
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Two years ago, sixteen-year-old Jamie Henry breathed a sigh of relief when a judge sentenced his older sister to juvenile detention for burning down their neighbor’s fancy horse barn. The whole town did. Because Crazy Cate Henry used to be a nice girl. Until she did a lot of bad things. Like drinking. And stealing. And lying. Like playing weird mind games in the woods with other children. Like making sure she always got her way. Or else.To be honest, I really don't know how I exactly feel about this book. I liked it and enjoyed the story, but I didn't really get 'excited' until the end. One issue, which isn't related to the book itself, is that the synopsis on Negalley give away the major twist in the book. So, yeah I wasn't surprised when it happened. But then again, it was written so well that I still enjoyed it which doesn't happen often if I've read a spoiler. My tip, avoid reading the synopsis that is on Netgalley. For most of the book I was waiting for that twist to happen because I already new it would. I hadn't even realized that I'd been spoiled until I got to the last page of the book.
But today Cate got out. And now she’s coming back for Jamie.
Because more than anything, Cate Henry needs her little brother to know the truth about their past. A truth she’s kept hidden for years. A truth she’s not supposed to tell.
But enough with that, on to the book itself. When I first started reading the book I was intrigued, but I didn't have any major feelings towards the characters. The book is told from Jamie's point of view and it flips back and fourth between the present and the past. You find out things that are happening in the present moment but then the next chapter you'd be reading about a situation that happened in the past. It was all necessary to learn about the characters, but I honestly don't know how I felt about it. I felt like we were in the past more than the present. Jamie is considered to be the good child of the two and Cate is considered to be the wild one. She was always in trouble. The two siblings had a very traumatic childhood up until they get adopted into a wealthy family. But Cate was the one who always acted out and stayed in trouble.
I found the story to be pretty interesting and I was always curious to learn more, but the romance was lacking. I felt the girl was just there for convenience. She help ease his anxiety and that was about it. The ending though was what made the book so great (especially if you don't get spoiled). I had to reread it just to make sure I wasn't tripping EVEN THOUGH I had been spoiled. I thought the author did a fantastic job with that. It was exciting, thrilling and suspenseful. Overall, the book was a very quick read and I did find it enjoyable.