One week. That’s all Jessie said. A one-week break to get some perspective before graduation, before she and her boyfriend, Chris, would have to make all the big, scary decisions about their future–decisions they had been fighting about for weeks.
Then, Chris vanishes. The police think he’s run away, but Jessie doesn’t believe it. Chris is popular and good-looking, about to head off to college on a full-ride baseball scholarship. And he disappeared while going for a run along the river–the same place where some boys from the rival high school beat him up just three weeks ago. Chris is one of the only black kids in a depressed paper mill town, and Jessie is terrified of what might have happened.
As the police are spurred to reluctant action, Jessie speaks up about the harassment Chris kept quiet about and the danger he could be in. But there are people in Jessie’s town who don’t like the story she tells, who are infuriated by the idea that a boy like Chris would be a target of violence. They smear Chris’s character and Jessie begins receiving frightening threats.
Every Friday since they started dating, Chris has written Jessie a love letter. Now Jessie is writing Chris a letter of her own to tell him everything that’s happening while he’s gone. As Jessie searches for answers, she must face her fears, her guilt, and a past more complicated than she would like to admit. (From Goodreads)
Thank you to Netgalley and Disney Book Group for the free ARC, in exchange for this honest review. I rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars.
I want to start out saying, this is not a happy story. It’s actually a very sad one. When I think of that intense teenage first love, the angst, the heartbreak, the borderline obsession with each other, the fear of what happens after graduation, the author nailed it, And you add that all together it makes for the perfect YA romance. However, this book is so much more than a YA Romance.
There are topics such as racism, teenage dating violence, mental health issues, dysfunctional parents, rich kids, poor kids, the justice system, It’s all within the pages of this book. The memories that Jessie has of Chris are sweet, and you can feel it in your bones how much she loves him, and how much she just wants him back, she is willing to do anything, just for him to come home.
The writing in this book is breathtaking, emotional, and really just pulls at your heart-strings. It also leaves you feeling kind of heavy, it evokes a lot of emotions. And to me that is the strength of an amazing author. I look forward to reading many more Kim Purcell books!
This book is published on Jan. 30th, 2018 I will include Pre-Order link below.