Thursday, July 31, 2014

Can't Take My Eyes Off You - My Review of ASPEN by Rebekah Crane

This past week, I saw a couple of my favorite authors mentioning a book that they were just loving to pieces.  When authors I like are raving about a new book, you know I have to grab it up.  I'm really glad I did.

Title: Aspen
Author: Rebekah Crane
Publisher:  In This Together Media
Date: 6/5/2014
Source: My Kindle

One quiet night in Boulder, Colorado, Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor made a mistake.

In the next instant, her life changed forever.

Aspen doesn't want to remember the car accident that killed Katelyn Ryan, a sleek-haired popular soccer player. But forgetting is hard-- because Katelyn may have died -- but she didn't leave. Her ghost is following Aspen around, and heading into senior year, it's kind of a problem. Especially when Katelyn's former boyfriend Ben appears to be the only person at school with a clue as to how Aspen feels. 

Popularity, Homecoming Court, hot guys - none of these things ever mattered to Aspen. She's been busy trying to keep her stoner mother Ninny in line and out of unemployment. But with Ben sitting next to her in Physics and her therapist begging her to remember all the things she wants to forget, Aspen is thrust into a vivid, challenging world she can't control ... and doesn't want to. 

A darkly funny, emotionally gripping story of opening up, letting go, and moving on, Aspen is about the best-worst accident of your life ... and what comes next.

Rebekah Crane fell in love with YA literature while studying Secondary English Education at Ohio University. After having two kids, living in six different cities, and finally settling down in the foothills of her beloved Rocky Mountains, her first novel, PLAYING NICE, was published. ASPEN, her second YA novel, set in Boulder, CO, is due to release in summer 2014 from In This Together Media. She now spends her day carpooling kids or tucked behind a laptop at 7,500 ft high in the Rockies, where the altitude only enhances the experience.

Like I said, I saw people singing ASPEN's praises and I decided I had to look into it.  When I went to Amazon and saw that it was free through the Kindle Unlimited program, I knew it was meant to be.

ASPEN is not like your typical Young Adult love story.  Maybe that's because Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor is anything but your typical young adult.  

After surviving a car accident that killed one of her classmates, Aspen is struggling to balance a life exactly the same as much as it is completely different.  She is haunted, literally, by Kateylyn's ghost.  The more she finds about about the girl whose life was taken that night, the more confused Aspen feels about what really happened leading up to the crash.

Aspen finds herself inexplicably drawn to Katelyn's former boyfriend, Ben.  It seems they have the same calming effect on each other.  When life and it's pressures starts weighing heavily, Aspen and Ben lean on each other and begin to grow closer together.  But can the calm feeling that comes with Ben's presence outweigh the guilt Aspen feels every time Katelyn's ghost shows up with an increasingly disturbing message?

Aspen is a surprisingly humorous look at the life of a teen whose life isn't turning out the way that she expected, but maybe, just maybe it's turning into something a whole lot better.

4 out of 5 stars

I chose this song as it seemed to be the perfect thing to fit Ben's point of view.

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