Finished The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish. I received a copy for review.
Ethan and his family have moved from Boston to a tiny town in Florida to live with his grandpa. That’s the official story and it’s true, but there’s more to it than that. Something happened in Boston to Ethan’s best friend and he’s been destroyed ever since. Moving is the family’s last ditch effort to bring him back. And it seems to be working. Ethan has made a new friend and she’s great–but she may have secrets, too.
This book is really good. It reminded me a bit of Bridge to Terabithia but it’s almost more of a thematic sequel to that (if that makes sense).
Carrying guilt over things that aren’t our fault is sort of the human condition. This book is about forgiveness and it’s amazing. Recommended.