Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Pages: 384
Publisher: Random House
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads)Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met . . . a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return.

The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him?

My Summary: Kami has lived in the quaint little town of Sorry-in-the-Vale her entire life. And for her entire life, Kami's been hearing a boy's voice in her head - a boy named Jared, whom everyone has named her imaginary friend. Kami doesn't care what anyone thinks about her or her connection to a boy she's never met, but it hasn't won her very many friends over the years - then again, neither has being a budding journalist, interviewing people and demanding to get to the bottom of things. Still, she likes her life the way it is.

But when the Lynburns come back to town, everything changes. Kami's imaginary friend isn't so imaginary after all, leaving her to wonder: what is the cause behind her and Jared's connection? And as she falls hard for the boy inside her head, she can't help but wonder: could he possibly be responsible for the mysterious deaths occurring in her cozy little town, or is he being framed?

Who is she without him? And what would she be to him if their connection were severed?

My Thoughts: I am currently in that state of shock you experience after finishing an amazing book, having your heart broken and dreams shattered, then running to the computer to make sure that it's not a stand-alone novel so you can put yourself back together and make yourself move on, trying to distract yourself until the next installment comes out.

You guys know what I mean, right? Of course you do. It's a reading thing.

I picked this novel up from the bookstore on my way home from work on a whim, and I am so glad I did. I finished it in less than 6 hours, stopping only to eat and execute normal body functions such as going to the washroom. Sarah Rees Brennan sucked me into the world of Kami and Jared and Sorry-in-the-Vale, and she did not let me go until she broken my heart. Kami and Jared are probably my favourite pairing in a YA novel over the past year. I loved the premise of their relationship: what happens when you know someone too well? Is it ever possible to be involved romantically? Especially with someone who can hear what you're thinking? I loved the tension of their relationship... which probably makes no sense to you if you haven't read the book yet.

Brennan created an amazing setting for this novel. I loved the way she described Kami's town, despite the sinister undertones. The flow of the story was perfect and never felt rushed, and the dialogue made me laugh out loud so many times I lost count. My favourite quote was probably:

(Kami): "I don't know what I'm supposed to do about a guy who only wants me for my mind."
(Holly): "I can honestly say that has never happened to me."

Final Thoughts: I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys gothic literature, romance, and a good mystery. This was my first book of Sarah Rees Brennan's, but it definitely won't be the last!

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