OAAA YA Review: Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards

April 7, 2015     erinbook     Book review

Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards

Release Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
323 Pages
Received: Bought at event
Format: Paperback


4 Nuts

Description: She has everything she’s ever wanted. But not her memory…

When Chloe fell asleep in study hall, it was the middle of May. 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? Remembering the truth could be more dangerous than she knows…

Review: I’ve had this book on my shelf for a while. Last year I went to an event and bought a copy to get signed, not really knowing the author or much about the book. After meeting her I had decided that she was one of my favorite people EVER. Seriously, if you ever get a chance to meet Natalie you should definitely do it. But because of my bad habit of buying a ton of books and letting half of them languish on my shelves unread for a while, I didn’t get to this book until March.

Boy, I wish I hadn’t waited.

Natalie’s writing is addicting. If you pick up her books be sure you have time to sit down for a stretch because you won’t be able to put them down. I was hooked very early on in the story. I love stories in which both you and the character have very little information to go on at the beginning. I love the process of discovering the clues and developing of theories. That’s exactly what Natalie gave me here.

When it comes to her character it’s very easy to get attached very quickly. Natalie has a knack for writing very real characters that I found relatable. It was easy to sympathize with her characters even when they are very flawed and make poor decisions. I wasn’t screaming “NO, DON’T DO THAT!” I was saying, “crap, this isn’t going to go well but I can’t blame her for trying”. I understood why the characters did what they did, even when it wasn’t a smart idea. I could see what led them to make those decisions and hoped the outcome wouldn’t turn messy.

Natalie’s books have a dark edge to them, this one especially. I loved how she put the same kind of tension into a contemporary that I would expect from some kind of paranormal or fantasy. I rarely see that in contemporary. This book rocketed Natalie on to my insta buy list where I’m sure she will sit for many years to come.

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