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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

I'm only two-thirds of the way through, so did not read the firs

I'm only two-thirds of the way through, so did not read the first review because of the possible spoilers. So far, I love the character Rain. She's one of the most unique characters I've encountered in YA books. I can feel her speaking problem as if it were my own. ... ...
I'm only two-thirds of the way through, so did not read the first review because of the possible spoilers. So far, I love the character Rain. She's one of the most unique characters I've encountered in YA books. I can feel her speaking problem as if it were my own. ... Must go now to find out who did it.

posted by Willworkforbookmoney on April 24, 2012

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

A good quick, YA mystery

Rating: PG-13 (partying, underage drinking, strong undercurrent of sex)
Coffee Beans: 3.5/5
Favorite Line: "The sound of her crying is like vomit; you can tell it hurts to let it out." (pg 56, Nook);"Now the whole rotten memory comes back in a rush like vomit." (pg 75...
Rating: PG-13 (partying, underage drinking, strong undercurrent of sex)
Coffee Beans: 3.5/5
Favorite Line: "The sound of her crying is like vomit; you can tell it hurts to let it out." (pg 56, Nook);"Now the whole rotten memory comes back in a rush like vomit." (pg 75, Nook) (Disturbing that they both have to do with vomit)
Spoilers: Yes, a little about a subplot
Disclaimer: I received this ARC free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for this honest review

I immediately connected with this book for a number of reasons. Two of them being the voice it was written in and the fact that it reminded me of The Sky is Everywhere, and I absolutely love that book. So well written and interesting, this novel pulled me along at a speed that had me finishing the book in only a day and a half. Now, let's get down to the specifics, shall we?
What I liked:
• The cover's pretty stinkin' sweet. Come on, admit it. Uber mysterious and creepy. Perfect for a book about a murder
• It reminded me of Jandy Nelson's The Sky is Everywhere, but not as deep and aching—and with a murder—but still about dealing with the loss of someone you loved and finding out they weren't who you thought they were
• I loved how the plot kept me guessing who the killer was. By page 100, I was certain I knew who the killer was. Then, at least two other times I thought I knew who the killer was
• At first, the writing was a little scattered and abstract with all the breaks and scene shifts and flashbacks. I had to go back a few times and re-read a line or paragraph to understand what was going on, but once I got the flow of it, it was well executed and perfect.
• Lots of good lines in the writing. Good subtleties picked up on to give that extra bit of detail to the writing
• Overall the characters were pretty well-rounded. I didn't get that deep of an understanding for any one character, except for Rain, but I knew them well enough to feel connected with them in the story
What I didn't like:
• When Fredericks reveals the murderer, it was sort of anticlimactic for me. I was expecting them to be a little dangerous or violent when Rain figured it out. Instead, they sort of just cried about it. Not entirely believable for someone who's life is officially over
• Rain's mom. We don't see much of her, which is typical of a YA novel, but when she was on stage, I wasn't impressed. We don't get the impression that she's a "phone in" mom or a deadbeat. She's a famous opera singer and they're pretty well off. Anyway, the first time I got to be unimpressed by her is the very first page when Rain tells us she'd been at a party the night before and her mom was waking her up early and she was irritated by it because her mom knew she'd been out partying the night before and had gotten home late. The second time (SPOILER ALERT!!
IT'S FOR A SUBPLOT, BUT STILL, IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW AHEAD OF TIME, DON'T READ THIS NEXT PART!), was when her mom asked if Rain liked the teacher that walked her home and says the teacher likes her back. Instead of protecting her daughter from a potentially harmful situation, she comments that Rain should stay away BECAUSE HE'S MARRIED. Not because it's wildly inappropriate (like any parent should say) but because she doesn't want her SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER TO GET IN THE MIDDLE OF A MARRIAGE. I'm sorry for those of you who don't agree (and that's fine), but that's the ENTIRELY wrong message to be sending to t

posted by RaeLynn_Fry on April 24, 2012

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  • Posted April 24, 2012

    I'm only two-thirds of the way through, so did not read the firs

    I'm only two-thirds of the way through, so did not read the first review because of the possible spoilers. So far, I love the character Rain. She's one of the most unique characters I've encountered in YA books. I can feel her speaking problem as if it were my own. ... Must go now to find out who did it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

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    The Girl in the Park

    I am not going to lie.... the cover of the book gives me chills. The book sat on my bookshelf for a really long time because I could not get past the cover. Many of you know that I am a sucker for covers. Sometimes, when I see a cover that just doesn't spark my interest I will by pass it and not even give it a chance. I know that I should not do this. You know, "never judge a book by its cover...blah blah blah..." But I can't get past them. :( And this book was a victim to this very reason. And I should have listened to all of you that told me in the past hey....don't judge a book by its cover.....

    This book was beyond good. I started writing this review about a week and half ago but I could not find the words to express this story. The story is more then a few hundred pages in between two covers. It is a heart felt story that makes you appreciate every single one of your friends. It makes you want to reach out to those long lost friends that have drifted away and try to make your friendship work because you don't know when you will be able to talk to them again. I personally have never read a book that made me feel that way before. It definitely makes you think, what would you say if you never saw that friend again???

    Rain has this one friend who is always there. She has been friends with her since forever and they are drifting apart. But she is trying her hardest to still be friends with her. See she doesn't always understand the decisions that she has made. But sometimes you just have to just be there for moral support. Well when they go to party with their classmates, Rain leaves Wendy at the party because Wendy claimed she was fine. Well now it is the next day and Wendy's body was found in Central Park.....dead. I don't know how I would ever recover from this. It would take a really strong person, and I just don't know if I am that strong.

    This book showed how such a young girl takes the heartache and how she tries to deal with it. It was more then a page turner. It made you want more. It made you want everything to be okay for Rain, for her to be in peace with what happened. The author did something that not many author can do. She made you feel sorry for the characters. Mariah did an amazing job! I will read anything that she ever writes because she is truly a great author! And I could not believe when I heard that the author got the inspiration for this book by seeing a news story about an actual girl being found in Central Park. That is just heart breaking.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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