Publisher: Egmont Books
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): Elizabeth Valchar wakes up after spending her eighteenth birthday party on her family's yacht to investigate a thumping noise. What she finds will change everything she thought she knew about her life, her friends, and everything in between. As Liz begins to unravel the circumstances surrounding her birthday night, she will find that no one around her, least of all Liz herself, was perfect--or innocent.
My Summary: Elizabeth - Liz to her friends - Valchar is undoubtedly the most popular girl in school. Beloved by everyone, she had no doubt that she'd graduate with top honours and ride off into the sunset with her boyfriend after a perfect year spent ruling the student body.
That is, until she awakens on the night of her birthday to find herself staring down at her body, floating in the water next to her father's yacht. Liz is dead ... but she can't seem to remember how she got that way.
Then Alex - another dead classmate - appears, telling Liz that her memories will return in fragments.Together they watch as Liz's family and friends mourn her passing while simultaneously trying to figure out who killed them and why.
My Thoughts: Another book I picked up on a whim and adored! I swear I'm gonna start picking all my books this way, because this method hasn't failed me yet.
The character growth in Liz was substantial. I loved the way she looked onto her old life with Alex and realized how bad of a person she had been before she died. You really see the contrast between her before death and afterwards. The secondary and supporting characters were also really well-written and easy to relate to; I think Caroline was probably my favourite. By the end you really feel attached to every one of them.
I really liked the way the author revealed new information: one tidbit at a time, along with a flashback. This book is set in the past and the present, and yet it never gets too confusing to follow. The writing flowed easily, keeping my interest from start to finish.
Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this novel to anyone who enjoyed books such as The Lovely Bones and The Catastrophic History of You and Me, and anyone who enjoys romance and suspense.