1. You will remember to water the azaleas.
2. You will take detailed, accurate messages.
3. You will call your older brother, Denny, if even the slightest thing goes wrong.
4. You and your best friend/bandmate Lukas will win Battle of the Bands.
5. Amid the thrill of victory, Lukas will finally realize you are the girl of his dreams.
Things that actually happen:
1. A stranger calls who says he knew your sister.
2. He says he has her stuff.
3. What stuff? Her stuff.
4. You tell him your parents won’t be able to—
5. Sukey died five years ago; can’t he—
6. You pick up a pen.
7. You scribble down the address.
8. You get on your bike and go.
9. Things . . . get a little crazy after that.*
*also, you fall in love, but not with Lukas.
Source: egalley via publisher/Edelweiss
Kiri’s parents leave her home alone to prepare for her upcoming piano showcase while going on a month-long vacation trusting her to be studious and responsible. Things start out well but after receiving a call about her (dead) sister’s stuff being held things change and Kiri goes on a wild trip of discovery.
Kiri – I’m at a loss. She had some great one-liners. Bitch, please. 😛
Lukas – My brother-in-law always said you shouldn’t like drummers. (Even though a part of me wants to learn to play.)
Skunk – Strange cookie, but not as strange as Kiri which isn’t saying much.
I started out loving this book, loving the writing, Kiri’s flighty quality, her freedom, but that changed about midway. She went, to quote Skunk, “bat shit” and everything she did just made zero sense. This girl needed serious mental help and her family abandoning her for such a long time to go on a vacation was beyond crazy to me. To me it is obvious Kiri was troubled but we never focus on her getting treatment or why her family kept her in the dark on what happened to her sister. This book just didn’t sit right for me.