Summary (from Goodreads):
“On a hot summer night in a Midwestern town, a high school teenage prank goes horrifically awry. Alcohol, guns, and a dare. Within minutes, as events collide, innocents becomes victims—with tragic outcomes altering lives forever, a grisly and unfortunate scenario all too familiar from current real-life headlines. But victims can also become survivors, and as we come to know each character through his/her own distinctive voice and their interactions with one another, we see how, despite pain and guilt, they can reach out to one another, find a new equilibrium, and survive.
Told through multiple points of view in naturalistic free verse and stream of consciousness, this is an unforgettable, haunting tale.”
This book was an impulse request on Netgalley (the cover looked good and the title made it sound like it could be scary, and between the two, I was like, “YES PLEASE!”) and it ended up being one of my better random grabs.
From the synopsis, I knew that something horrible happens, but I didn’t know what it was. As a result, there was an incredible sense of tension throughout the book. I saw as each character made choices that could easily lead to disaster, and every time that happened, it was like, “IS IT THAT?!” and then it wouldn’t be and I’d relax a little until the next time.
The tragedy of this book is that there are so few malicious choices. With one exception, everyone is doing the best they can. And while yes, thoughtless things happen, but I feel like only one person deliberately made the worst possible choice.