Wednesday, May 22, 2013

4.5 stars: Our Song by Jordanna Fraiberg

"Olive Bell has spent her entire life in the beautiful suburb of Vista Valley, with a picture-perfect home, a loving family, and a seemingly perfect boyfriend. But after a near-fatal car accident, she’s haunted by a broken heart and a melody that she cannot place.

Then Olive meets Nick. He’s dark, handsome, mysterious . . . and Olive feels connected to him in a way she can’t explain. Is there such a thing as fate? The two embark on a whirlwind romance—until Nick makes a troubling confession.

Heartbroken, Olive pieces together what really happened the night of her accident and arrives at a startling revelation. Only by facing the truth can she uncover the mystery behind the song and the power of what it means to love someone."

Published May 2nd 2013 by Razorbill. I received a digital ARC of this story. 

Poor Olive; she died and when she came back to life, she had lost everything (people treated her differently because they thought she had tried to commit suicide, so there was awkwardness all around her).

This is one of those inspirational tales that shows you that if you hang in there, it gets better. She doesn't get her old life back, but an even better life. Mainly because she no longer has the douchiest boyfriend on the planet.

I really liked this story. Just about everything was perfect: the character development, the range of emotions I felt while reading it (yes, I cried) and the world-building. I really can't decide how I feel about the explanation for "she’s haunted by... a melody that she cannot place." It's not something I would have guessed, and it seems like the best answer for solving the problem of "How should I make this story be inspirational?" I really don't know if I like it or don't like it, mainly because it is so far from what I had guessed it was. OK, enough of that, because you have no idea what I'm blabbing about. I also like that even though this was a love story, Olive was still a strong character who didn't need a boyfriend.

It was very touching and was about strength and possibilities that are in our grasp that we can't see yet, but will. I'm so not a sappy person, so it's hard to write that, but it's true.

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