Chloe didn't think about it much when she nodded off in study hall on that sleepy summer day.
But when she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can't remember the last six months of her life.
Before, she'd been a mediocre student. Now, she's on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake.
Now he's her boyfriend.
Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won't speak to her.
What happened to her?
And why can't she remember?
Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: October 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Chloe is an average student at best. On this sunny afternoon in May, Chloe finds herself stranded in study hall where she is supposed to be studying madly for her upcoming SATs. Yet, she can't bring herself to crack open a book. The sunshine is warm against her skin, and she instead chooses to take a quick cat nap. She wakes up to a dark and deserted classroom, and out the window snow is falling. She is shocked to find that it is now November. Somehow she is missing six months from her life. What is even more perplexing is that she is now a star student, dating the boy she has been crushing on for years, and her best friend will no longer speak to her. What happened to Chloe and why is she missing six months out of her life?
What I Liked:
- I am always up for a great thriller mystery book and it seems there are few of these type books in the YA genre. So I eagerly snatched up Six Months Later hoping for an exciting and suspenseful read, and I am pleased to report, I got just that. This is a riveting and entertaining read with a plausible explanation for the missing time. If you are looking for a solid YA suspense book, I highly recommend checking out Six Months Later.
- I loved exploring the how and why Chloe is suddenly missing a chunk of time out of her life. During that last six months, Chloe has changed in ways she never thought possible. She is a star student who received impressively high marks on her SAT tests. She is dating the boy every girl is crushing on and she is being recruited by the top universities in the country. The question is how did she get here and why can't she remember? I went through several hypothesis on what happened to Chloe from the paranormal to amnesia, but in the end, I was wrong. I liked the sinister reason behind the missing time, and I appreciated that it was plausible. If you enjoy books with twists and surprises you will like this one.
- The romance surprisingly works. You wouldn't think that a budding romance would be included in a YA suspense book, but it is. I liked that the romance doesn't take center stage and that it is subtle and sweet. I especially liked that Chloe falls for a boy whom everyone sees as somewhat of an outcast. She has to learn to see past the prejudices and stereotypes to the beautiful, smart boy beneath.
And The Not So Much:
- I thoroughly enjoyed all the suspense and buildup to the shocking ending. Where this book falters is in the lack of detail and explanation regarding the how and why. The reader is left to infer and make their own decisions on many of the events. I would have preferred to have a lengthier explanation on exactly what happened in the study group. Too much is glossed over and that causes the story to lose its believability. I was also disappointed that there wasn't more discussion on the aftermath.
- There is a whole story line involving Julien. She is in dire trouble and then her story line abruptly ends without further explanation on exactly what happened to her. Was she still being manipulated all those months later? Why? I thought this story line was weak and it needed more development.
- I was left confused over Blake's role in the story. What happened between he and Chloe that night at his house? Why was he dating Chloe?
- The role of the psychiatrist isn't completely explained either, especially when it comes down to the developments regarding her. Why?
Six Months Later is an interesting suspenseful book that you can pick up and read in a couple of hours. It has a surprisingly puzzling story line that will leave you guessing up until the final pages. If you are looking for an entertaining YA mystery, grab a copy of Six Months Later. I found it to be an engaging and exciting read.
"Sometimes families make decisions that will upset some of the parts of the whole."
"Some people choose unhappiness you know."
"Sometimes, the lunatic shutters cracked open, and I could see the completely normal girl trapped behind them."
"Mrs. Corwin's cat has probably barfed up things that look better than I do right now."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.