I like the way the story’s told; Rachel spent the entire book in between searching for her brother while reflecting on life leading up to the day he left. It was a great way for readers to connect to the characters, Micah included. I could prove an idea of the kind of person he was from the details given by Rachel’s memories. He seemed really protective of his sister, and wanted desperately to be the older brother she could look up to. In fact, it seems he left more so because he felt like he had let her down with his addiction and was too embarrassed about facing her or his parents. Rachel on the other hand kept her brother’s secrets because she didn’t want him to hate her. Whether or not she realized, Rachel was also protective of her brother and even of the fact that he had started doing drugs.
The whole journey of finding Micah turned out to be one of Rachel learning to let him go, forgive him, and most of all forgive herself. All along she felt guilty about not doing enough for him, and even blamed herself for the seriousness of his substance abuse. If Tyler hadn’t gone along with her I don’t think she would’ve found closure because like Rachel, Tyler also thought he should’ve done more for Micah. At the end of their trip both acknowledged the truth, that they can only let him come to them on his own.
While the overall story’s relatable and refreshing in its own way from the fantasy flood, there were times it seemed prolonged. Aside from that, I enjoyed the book. I grieved with Rachel when every lead seemed futile, and whenever she heard new details regarding Micah’s state. The writing, again, was precise and had me visualizing the scenes in a simple manner. It was an acceptable debut, but I’m not sure if the story will continue as the ending left me holding on. Or was that another point depicted about drug abuse, that you truly can’t do anything else but wait for the one you care about to return to you.
-Nicole @ SoManyBooksSoLittleTime