3. Seda - weird name. Second time I've said that in a few pages on my phone.
4. August 31 is three days before the official start of school?!? Where do these people go to school?!?! My school started on August 9th! I feel a greater sense of injustice than I did when last year's school calendar came out. <insert pouting here>
5. So. Many. Kids. To. Keep. Straight. Seriously, 2 sets of twins and Seda absorbed Sawyer in the womb. This is a lot to get used to. Honestly, I'm not sure if I will ever keep them straight.
6. This mom is eerily like me. TOO cheery. A writer. Loves movies. I hope she doesn't snap.
7. I really like the openings to each chapter being historical plaques and pamphlets for the house. Really adds some interest. (Added later: it totally comes back into the story too! YAY!)
8. Okay, new guests. More names. More people to keep straight. I can do this!
9. "Pop you over the head" may be the cutest thing Seda has said so far. I love it.
10. Heath has me feeling torn. He's so affectionate and obviously pursuing Seda... but that also creeps me out, given the circumstances. Maybe I'm just creeped out in general. Maybe it's not Heath's fault.
11. "Please tell me you didn't show them the intestines." HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Seda, I love you.
12. Okay, now I KNOW Heath has to be a bad guy. What boy says he wants to write snail mail to a girl?!?!
13. Oh, no. Did mom snap?
14. Where are all the kids?!?
15. Adam! What did that poor baby see?!? Definitely going to need some counseling in the future. Poor guy. I mean, this is NOT okay.
18. Well, now we know about dad. I kind of feel bad for Seda. Like everything in her life has lead up to this point.
19. What?!? WHAT?!?! This ending goes a little too fast for me. I wish I could slow it down.
20. So....... I'm not sure.... I'm trying really hard to not put any spoilers in this. I have some lingering questions for the author. Mostly one. ONE lingering question.
Overall, I think it's a worthwhile read. It would have gone faster if I hadn't kept putting it down to read something else so I could sleep. There's a good portion of world building and character get-to-know time before the action really picks up. I recommend it to anyone who has a couple of hours and enjoys a twisty-turny read.
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Mandy Peterson is the author of "Before I Shatter". She is also a mother, wife, librarian, book reviewer, and self-proclaimed chocolate connoisseur.