A Void the Size of the Worldby Rachele Alpine
Release Date: June 20th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publisher: Simon Pulse
A haunting novel about a girl who must face the consequences after her actions indirectly lead to her sister’s disappearance.
Rhylee didn’t mean to kiss her sister’s boyfriend. At least, not the first time. But it doesn’t matter, because her sister, Abby, caught them together, ran into the dark woods behind their house…and never came home.
As evidence mounts that something terrible has happened to Abby, no one wants to face the truth. Rhylee can’t bring herself to admit what she’s done: that she is the reason her sister ran away. Now Tommy, Abby’s boyfriend, is the prime suspect in her disappearance, and Rhylee’s world has been turned upside down. Slowly, Rhylee’s family is breaking—their lives center on the hope that Abby will return. Rhylee knows they need to face the truth and begin healing—but how can they, when moving on feels like a betrayal? And how do you face the guilt of wishing a person gone…when they actually disappear?
I enjoyed reading Void the Size of the World by Rachele Alpine, but at the same time, I felt somewhat disappointed int he story. I was expecting a really heartwrenching story, and I didn't get that. To me, the synopsis makes this story seem like it's a tragedy (which don't get me wrong - it is), but the book didn't really evoke those emotions out of me - and that's what left me disappointed.
But as I said, I did enjoy the book, and the thing I loved most was the relationships that were developed throughout the story. I thought there would be a huge focus on a romantic relationship with Rhylee but there was only a small part of romance. The story was more focused on the relationships between Rhylee's family.
And finally the ending. It wasn't a horrible ending, and it concluded the story decently well, but it didn't leave me satisfied.
All in all, this book wasn't bad but it just wasn't the right book for me. There was too much missing in and from the story that I would have loved. If you want to read this book, check out some other reviews to determine if this is a book that you would like for yourself.
Rachele Alpine is a lover of binge watching reality TV, dogs, knitting, gummy peaches, and lots and lots of coffee!
One of her first jobs was at a library, but it didn't last long, because all she did was hide in the third-floor stacks and read. Now she's a little more careful about when and where she indulges her reading habit.
By day she's a high school English teacher, by night she's a mom and wife, and she writes during any time she can find in between!
Rachele lives with her husband and son in Cleveland, Ohio, but dreams of moving back to Boston, the city she fell in love with while attending graduate school there.
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