Me and Me - Alice Kuiper | ARC Review

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Pages: 288
Format: Paperback ARC
Publication Date: April 11, 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins
How I got the copy: Publisher (HarperCollins)
Rating: 1/5

Summary:

It’s Lark’s seventeenth birthday, and although she’s hated to be reminded of the day ever since her mom’s death three years ago, it’s off to a great start. Lark has written a killer song to perform with her band, the weather is stunning and she’s got a date with gorgeous Alec. The two take a canoe out on the lake, and everything is perfect—until Lark hears the screams. Annabelle, a little girl she used to babysit, is drowning in the nearby reeds while Annabelle’s mom tries desperately to reach her. Lark and Alec are closer, and they both dive in. But Alec hits his head on a rock in the water and begins to flail.

Alec and Annabelle are drowning. And Lark can save only one of them.

Lark chooses, and in that moment her world splits into two distinct lives. She must live with the consequences of both choices. As Lark finds herself going down more than one path, she has to decide: Which life is the right one?

Alice Kuipers, the award-winning author of 40 Things I Want to Tell You and Life on the Refrigerator Door, is an expert chronicler of the teenage heart, and she takes her work to new heights here. A riveting, high-concept novel with heart, Me and Me is about what it feels like to be torn in pieces, and about finally finding out who you really are.




Review:
I didn't enjoy this. Me and Me is a pretty short book but it felt as if it would never end. 

This follows Lark and the consequences of choices. On her seventeen birthday a freak accident occurs at the lake where she has to make the decision between saving Alec, the guy she's dating, or Annabelle, a child she used to babysit. Lark is also copping with losing her mother, trying to take care of her father, trying to follow her passion for music and getting involved in her first romantic relationship. 

Lark and Alec's relationship starts off to seem healthy but immediately turns into a toxic relationship. Alec starts to manipulate Lark into cutting herself off from her friends and her father and tends to pressure her into sex right from the beginning of their relationship. Lark doesn't realize what Alec is doing (annoyingly) and I just couldn't believe Lark would ditch her group of friends she's in a band with for Alec that easily. 

Lark struggles with the decision she's made at the lake throughout the entire book. And also starts receiving weird text messages from an unknown number. When Lark starts stressing and is possibly developing PTSD from the accident she turns to Alec for support, and a shoulder to lean on, but he tells her that he "didn't sign up for this". The entire situation is aggravating to read. 

I had no idea where this story was going for about half the book but not in a good way, more in a "ugh, where is this going? Is it over yet?". I found this book boring and only wanted to continue reading to find out how the book would lead up to the end. When I got to the end, there was no redemption, in my opinion, and I could have gone without reading it.


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