The premise of this book is why it was on my to-read list (and my wishlist- thanks, Jess!) Teenage virgin gets pregnant with no memory of it- there are so many possibilities to explore. I was hoping for magical realism (a la Sarah Addison Allen's Garden Spells) or surprise scifi.
My overall impression of this book is: meh.
The high points:
*Quinn's assumptions and questions felt realistic. She doesn't shy away from the why, but tries to uncover it through her memories (including wondering if she could've been raped and not remember it).
*Jesse handles the situation in a believable way (teenage male pride being what it is).
*The actual hero of the book makes a choice that sacrifices her family and comfort, which gave it the gravity it needed (even though it was a small choice).
*Any time a place is associated with some local magical mythology, I'm a fan. Especially an island.
The low points:
*Quinn's father comes across as villainous, and her mother comes across as saintly, rather than both parents being complicated human beings.
*Quinn's siblings felt half-developed, mostly there to be plot points.
*Quinn herself had moments of realistic behavior (see above) but her voice felt wooden and forced.
*Quinn's memories are told to us, not shown- she we're divorced from any emotional sympathy with her for any of it, which makes it difficult to care about what's happening to her.
*The tension is very inconsistent.
It's a quick read that doesn't ask you to invest much, so take that as you will.
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