Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara

Published October 16th 2012
Publisher  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre Young Adult
Pages 342
Rating 5/5
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Since the night of the crash, Wren Wells has been running away. Though she lived through the accident that killed her boyfriend Patrick, the girl she used to be didn’t survive. Instead of heading off to college as planned, Wren retreats to her father’s studio in the far-north woods of Maine. Somewhere she can be alone.

I was really overwhelmed by this book, such a great story. If I might say, it was lovely but also dark and deep. I wasn’t really expecting anything, I picked this one out because the cover was pretty, I liked the title and that’s it.

I couldn’t have made a better choice. This is a deep story that made me question myself and helped me -in a certain way- to cope with some events.

First of all McNamara did a good job regarding grief, it always seems “too much” in certain books, but this one is really honest. Her writing is very poetic, but that’s no coincidence she has a MFA in poetry.

The characters are lovely, they are all flawed in their own way, very different from each other; they felt quite real to me. I could imagine myself being Wren, that’s what I loved so much about this story. I could put myself in her shoes, feel her pain, cry her tears, and I would have reacted the same way she did.

Favourite Character: Wren
Favourite Quote: “I came here because it’s pine-dark and the ocean is wild. The kind of quiet-noise you need when there’s too much going on in your head. Like the water and the woods are doing all the feeling, and I can hang out, quiet as a headstone, in a between place. A blank I can bear.”
Playlist: Christopher O’Riley – True Love Waits. Something calm, peaceful, sad and poetic.

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