There Will Come a Time

Author: Carrie Arcos 
Pages: 315 
Publisher: Simon Pulse 
Format: Hardcover 
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads):Mark knows grief. Ever since the accident that killed his twin sister, Grace, the only time he feels at peace is when he visits the bridge on which she died. Comfort is fleeting, but it’s almost within reach when he’s standing on the wrong side of the suicide bars. Almost.

Grace’s best friend, Hanna, says she understands what he’s going through. But she doesn’t. She can’t. It’s not just the enormity of his loss. As her twin, Mark should have known Grace as well as he knows himself. Yet when he reads her journal, it’s as if he didn’t know her at all. 

As a way to remember Grace, Hanna convinces Mark to complete Grace’s bucket list from her journal. Mark’s sadness, anger, and his growing feelings for Hanna threaten to overwhelm him. But Mark can’t back out. He made a promise to honor Grace—and it’s his one chance to set things right.

My Summary: Six months after his twin sister's death, Mark can't seem to find his way out from the grief that has blanketed his entire life. He can't sleep, can't relax, and can't forget: his sister is gone, and he is not.

The only place he finds solace is the bridge where Grace died, but he can't find it in him to jump. 

All seems lost until Mark and Grace's best friend Hanna receive a package containing Grace's journal. Inside, a list: Five Things to Do Before The End of the Year. Together they decide to complete this list, and with the help of Hanna, Mark tries to understand his grief and work through it, honouring his sister's memory in the process.

My Thoughts: I always find that novels about survivor's guilt hit me really hard. There were moments while reading this novel that tears were free-flowing (I am not ashamed to admit this). Mark's grief is so utterly overwhelming at times - he lost his twin, his sister, and his best friend all at once. And he was the one driving, so he should've been the one who died. It was his fault, right? Thoughts like these fill Mark's head, causing him to push away everything good left in his life. There were times where I wanted to shake Mark for being so horrible to the people who love him, but I understood what was fueling his behaviour. 

The writing was very well done and never dragged. I found myself glued to the pages, unwilling to look up from the book until I learned if they'd completed Grace's list or not. Grace herself almost felt like a real-live character - I kind of wish we'd gotten to meet her before the accident.   

Final Thoughts: I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys edgier contemporary lit with a hint of romance.

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