*This ARC was given for an honest review.
Goodreads Summary: One quiet night in Boulder, Colorado, Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor made a mistake. In the next instant, her life changed forever.
Aspen doesn’t want to remember the devastating car accident that killed Katelyn Ryan, a sleek-haired popular soccer player. But forgetting is hard– because Katelyn may have died — but she didn’t leave. Her ghost is following Aspen around, and heading into senior year, it’s kind of a problem. Especially when Katelyn’s gorgeous former boyfriend Ben appears to be the only person at school with a clue as to how Aspen feels.
Popularity, college, Homecoming Court, hot guys – none of these things ever mattered to Aspen. She’s been busy trying to rein in her giant mass of blonde curls, keep her stoner mother Ninny away from Toaster, her mom’s awful bongo drumming boyfriend, and prevent her best friends Kim and Cass from killing – or kissing – one another. But with Ben sitting next to her in Physics looking all too gorgeous, Katelyn’s spirit dogging her steps, and her obsessive snow-globe collecting therapist begging her to remember all the things she wants to forget, Aspen is thrust into a vivid, challenging world she can’t control … and doesn’t want to.
Review: I did not expect to love this book as much as I did. I completely fell in love with it. The characters, the story, the writing…Everything was beautiful. Crane did a fabulous job at writing in a teenager’s view. Aspen was so relatable! In some Young Adult books, I find that some authors fail to dig deep and show readers a true and realistic teenager. That wasn’t the case with Rebekah Crane. She didn’t force anything on the characters. She let Aspen ,as well as the other characters, develop on their own and Crane did it all flawlessly. I could relate so much with Aspen. I understood her pain, her struggle, and her anger. I was afraid that Aspen was going to be just another boring paranormal book, but it was SO MUCH MORE. It was real. It was witty. It was perfection.
Aspen was a loser. She was one of those girls that popular people learn to ignore. No one knew her or even knew her name. Besides her two best friends, Kim and Cass, Aspen has a mother. An insane, overly obnoxious, promiscuous, but loving mom named Ninny. Ninny was probably my favorite character other than Aspen. Ninny was the highlight of the book. She was hilarious and REAL. Why can’t I have an awesome mom like Ninny? Well besides her taste in men.. Ninny always brings home the most creepiest and dirty bums ever. Everything pretty much stays the same in Aspen’s life, until one night, Aspen makes a mistake that changes everything.
Aspen got into a car accident. An accident that killed the most popular girl in her high school, Katelyn. Katelyn was everything that Aspen wasn’t. Everyone knew who Katelyn was and everyone wanted to be her friend. Katelyn always partied, has the coolest clothes, and the perfect boyfriend. Aspen could never be like Katelyn, but Katelyn always seems to pop up when Aspen leasts expects it. With Katelyn’s ghost haunting her, Aspen has to deal with newfound popularity as well as coming to terms with what happened that night. The night Aspen forced herself to forget..
Overall, I adored Aspen. It was a quick and fun read. I totally recommend that you all check out Aspen and Rebekah Crane’s other books! The only con I had with Aspen was that I didn’t like how confused I was the whole entire book until the end. I assume it’s because Crane wanted a big climax, but I would have loved a little hints to keep myself engaged. Otherwise, You all should read it when it comes out June 5th, 2014!
Thank you to Rebekah Crane for sending me Aspen! ❤
Until next time…
Catcha later bookworms!