Title: Six Months Later
Author: Natalie Richards
Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review (and as part of the blog tour)
"Chloe didn't think about it much when she nodded off in study hall on that sleepy summer day. But when she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can't remember the last six months of her life. Before, she'd been a mediocre student. Now, she's on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he's her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won't speak to her.
What happened to her?
And why can't she remember?"
First line: "I'm sitting next to the fire alarm, and my best friend is going down in flames."
Thoughts: Going into SIX MONTHS LATER, I honestly didn't know what the expect. Debut author, vague summary...Basically a hit or miss. Which was it, you ask? Oh, definitely a hit. Once I started SIX MONTHS LATER, I could not and would not put it down. I had to know what happened next and try to piece the mystery together. The best part of this novel? You'll never see the ending coming. Whoa.
As I said before, the summary is somewhat vague and should remain that way. Any tiny piece could give the story away. The novel starts off with Chloe being Chloe. She's not exactly a bad kid. She's loyal to her friend Maggie and just wants high school to be over with just like the rest of us. It's not until one strange day, one strange night that everything changes. Soon, she finds herself waking up six months later and completely lost. The things she thought were solid aren't, and the things she has always wanted are her's. The only catch is sometimes life on top isn't exactly how you'd picture it.
Chloe is definitely a fantastic protagonist people will easily fall in love with. With the way the story is written, the reader often feels just as lost as Chloe is. Honestly, if I were in here shoes, I probably would have done all the things she did. I think that's one of the main reasons I adored her so much.
Now, I noticed some people out there are afraid of the love triangle spin/possibility. I assure you folks that though there are two main boys in this novel, it's obvious from the beginning which one Chloe cares for. Personally, I was never a fan of Blake, but Adam? I was ALWAYS a fan of Adam. Love that kid!
Overall, I really enjoyed SIX MONTHS LATER and can't wait to add it to my book collection. The mystery aspect is done perfectly, and the characters are unforgettable. I highly recommend this novel to all YA and contemporary fans. It's a book you definitely don't want to miss!
Now, one of my favorite excerpts from SIX MONTHS LATER:
"I see leaves. A red-gold carpet of them litters my lawn. My rake pushes them into pules, baring trails of green grass and the crisp, unmistakable smell of autumn in the air.
Beside me, Adam looks up from his own rake. 'I can't believe you talked me into this.'
I roll my eyes. 'You're the one who kept me up until three in the morning for, what was it? Eight Halo rematches last night? Remind me again how many of those you won?'
Instead of replying, Adam tosses his rake and lunges for me.
I feel his hands on my waist and laughter bubbling out of me as he hauls me into the air and then tosses me into the pile. Leaves crush beneath me as I laugh, pulling at his feet and knees until I bring him down beside me.
I smell the sweetness of October all around me as we lie there side by side, laughing until my cheeks ache with it. Adam rolls on his side to face me. His eyes are so blue, I feel myself getting lost in them. I know I'm staring and I know its obvious, and somehow it's so ridiculous that it only makes me laugh more.
My shoulders are shaking and I should stop, but it's just so crazy. Then Adam reaches for my face, and there's nothing funny about it.
His eyes go soft, and my insides curl like ribbons on a gift. I feel the ghost of his fingers on my hair. It only leaves me aching for more.
'I shouldn't even be here, you know,' he says softly.
'I know,' I say. But when he moves to leave, I take his hand. And he lets me."
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