Disclaimer: I received this book from an auction (no I did not buy it as it is an arc. It was included with other items in the package). All opinions are my own.
Genre: YA Contemporary
Recommended Age: 16+ (death, sex, violence, disabilities, suicide, resurrection. Trigger warnings.)
Synopsis: I wonder if for the rest of my life, I’ll be haunted by beautiful days.
On one cloudless, radiant summer afternoon, Lake Devereaux lost everything. The car crash claimed the lives of her best friend and boyfriend, the people who had become her family after her own fell apart. But she doesn’t have to lose them both.
The development of resurrection technology has changed the world. Under the new laws regulating the process, each person gets one resurrection to be used or forfeited on their eighteenth birthday. Mere weeks away from turning eighteen, Lake faces an impossible choice.
Envisioning life without one of the people she loves most is shattering enough, but Lake carries an additional burden: years ago, under family pressure, Lake secretly—and illegally—promised her resurrection to someone who isn’t even dead yet.
The search for answers about her future draws Lake more deeply into the secrets of her past until she begins to question everything about those closest to her. Betrayals and hurts both new and old threaten to eclipse the memories she once cherished.
Then Lake meets a boy unlike anyone she’s encountered before, who unflinchingly embraces the darkest parts of her life . . . and who believes that all resurrections are wrong.
Which path is the right one? And how can Lake start to heal when she can’t move on?
Okay why isn’t the resurrection of the dead played up more for this book?? At first glance it appears to be just a normal YA Contemporary book and then BAM resurrection pops up and you’re like “wahhh” and the author is like “yea!” lol. Anyways, I absolutely loved this book. It was sad and romantic, but not too cheesy or too gushy. There was teen angst but also grief and moral compass finding. There was sibling issues but at the core it was much deeper. This book was so amazing and so well thought out. The writing was superb, the character and plot development were on point. I feel that I know each character personally and I crave more from this story.
The only issue I have is with the choice that was made at the end. It left me wanting more and a little confused on how parents can just do that, but that’s spoilery and I’m not about that life.
Verdict: A beautiful tale that blows Me Before You out of the water!