Friday, July 18, 2014

~Book Review: Can't Look Away by Donna Cooner~

Can't Look Away
Donna Cooner
Expected Publication Date:  August 26, 2014 by Point

Donna Cooner establishes herself as our own Jodi Picoult in this timely tale of sisters, loss, and redemption.

Torrey Grey is famous. At least, on the internet. Thousands of people watch her popular videos on fashion and beauty. But when Torrey's sister is killed in an accident -- maybe because of Torrey and her videos -- Torrey's perfect world implodes.

Now, strangers online are bashing Torrey. And at her new school, she doesn't know who to trust. Is queen bee Blair only being sweet because of Torrey's internet infamy? What about Raylene, who is decidedly unpopular, but seems accepts Torrey for who she is? And then there's Luis, with his brooding dark eyes, whose family runs the local funeral home. Torrey finds herself drawn to Luis, and his fascinating stories about El dio de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.

As the Day of the Dead draws near, Torrey will have to really look at her own feelings about death, and life, and everything in between. Can she learn to mourn her sister out of the public eye?

When we start reading this book Torrey's sister, Miranda, has been hit and killed by a drunk driver.  Torrey blames herself and her video blog for Miranda's death.  When they move from Colorado to Texas to get away from it all, Torrey does not think she will survive.  Texas is a long way from her previous life.  With no friends and grieving parents, Torrey sets out to find herself.  With her hilarious cousin Raylene and the handsome and mysterious Luis, she must figure out what is most important in life.  Being popular and having everyone like the fake you or just being yourself.

This book was a wonderful and fresh new read.  Torrey is a popular vlogger who had everything, only to have it come crashing down around her.  When she moves to  Texas, she thinks that she can hopefully pick up where she left off.  It is maddening to watch her ignore the people she likes so that she can hang with the popular kids.  Sometimes that doesn't always work out.  Torrey will have to choose what is most important to her.  She also has to worry about giving the victim impact statement for the sentencing of the drunk driver.  How can you sum up the life of someone in a few sentences?  The ending of this book is wonderful and very fitting due to the circumstances.  I will recommend this book to all my friends.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for a fair and honest review. This in no way influenced my thoughts or review.

Author Donna Cooner

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