Welcome to Reading Addiction Blog Tour’s stop for ‘6 Seconds of Life’.
The official blurb:
I applied for this book, because mental illness is one of my favourite areas to read about. Someone jumping off a bridge immediately caught my fancy. The cover looked pretty neat too, although it turns out that the red dress is really not all that important.
Only occasionally did the text and dialogue not flow for me – the rest of the time I was so suckered into the story that I didn’t care. The various plot points were good, all interwoven really well. Loved the dollhouse, and its special significance for Maura as well.
The book immediately sucked me in. I was really happy up until the point that she jumped, and then the drop into the past seemed quite major. There were a couple of time shifts in this that had me confused, namely because it looked like she skipped from 9th grade to college very quickly.
There’s a couple of bits that seemed inconsistent to me – including the size of Maura’s breasts. Sorry to be so crude and mention them and all. You’ll note that on the cover they are quite small. At various points in the novel though, they are referred to as being out of proportion with the rest of her body, and she’s very ‘hot’. Perhaps it is a reflection of her poor body image that the text sometimes says they are small?
Maura’s thought processes get quite confused as the novel progresses. It appears she has anxiety and depression, perhaps a bit of PTSD. I felt really sorry for her actually, and I felt that although she had made some bad decisions, it wasn’t really her fault – that’s what mental illness does to a person. It’s strangely appropriate to be reviewing this in October, as this is Depression Awareness Month.
This novel illuminated to me some of the things that go on in frat houses in the USA. I’m slightly relieved that we don’t really have such things in Australia, as they sound like horrific drinking parties. The special week of induction and everything else was fascinating!
I loved this book. The ending had me a little disappointed but I guess this is young adult fiction for a reason and not everyone thinks in the same way as I do. Most people will probably be relieved by it – it offers hope in a strange way.
I sincerely hope that Fitzharris keeps writing novels in this genre, and with her fantastic style. I can see this book being unsuitable for younger teens, but I think for older teens (those who have encountered or have a healthy curiosity about sex) it is a fantastic and eyeopening read. This novel for me was really on par with some of the Julie Anne Peters novels that I love – the one that springs to mind on a similar topic is ‘By The Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead’.
Five stars from me – the minor things I’ve complained about didn’t detract from my enjoyment. The only thing that did was that my ereader ran out of battery right at a crucial part of the novel, and I had to stop and wait until I got home to finish reading it! Well worth the $5 it is on Amazon, and I’d consider buying myself copies of Fitzharris’ future books in paperback form.
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