Love can be a dangerous thing...
Hanna simply wants to be loved. With a head plagued by hallucinations, a medicine cabinet full of pills, and a closet stuffed with frilly, violet dresses, Hanna's tired of being the outcast, the weird girl, the freak. So she runs away to Portero, Texas in search of a new home.
But Portero is a stranger town than Hanna expects. As she tries to make a place for herself, she discovers dark secrets that would terrify any normal soul. Good thing for Hanna, she's far from normal. As this crazy girl meets an even crazier town, only two things are certain: Anything can happen and no one is safe.
I'm not quite sure what to say about this book.
On the one hand, I loved it. This is, without a doubt, the most unique book I have ever read. It was different, it was crazy, it was a wild ride, and I loved that.
Hanna was an awesome narrator. I mean, this chick is certifiable. The last diagnosis from her doctor said manic-depressive, but they don't even really know what all is wrong with her. I wasn't always her biggest fan--her personality could be a bit grating, and sometimes she was way too whiny. I think what I liked about her so much was just that she was so different. As much as I can relate to the shy, awkward, average-looking girl that pops up in YA so often, it was nice to be jolted out of the same old, same old.
Portero was a cool little town, too. All of this weird and crazy stuff happens there on a daily basis, so as a reader, you kind of have to sit back and enjoy the ride and just go with it. I'm definitely looking forward to re-visiting this town, that's for sure.
On the other hand, sometimes it was hard to keep reading because, like I said, Hanna and especially Rosalee could be very grating. And sometimes, the weird and crazy stuff came across as gimmicky. However, as a whole, it didn't detract from my reading experience, and I really enjoyed this book. I have to say, too, that it has been a long time since I have been that satisfied by an ending. It couldn't have ended any other way.
I recommend this for older YA readers (there are some mature scenes) if you're looking for something unique to cleanse your palate.
4 / 5
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Dia Reeves' website
Happy reading and until next time,