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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

[ARC REVIEW] Where You End by Anna Pellicioli

Where You End

Author: Anna Pellicioli
Genre: YA Contemporary
Expected Publication: June 8th 2015 by Flux
ARC Source: Publisher via Netgalley
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Miriam Feldman was always attracted to the artists, the musicians, the boys who wore broken-down cardigans. Boys like Elliot. Their relationship was intense, passionate, all consuming. When they were together, Miriam knew who she was, in the way you can only know when you're deeply in love. But then it ended, and Miriam had to move on. Even after Elliot started seeing someone else. Even after she impulsively destroyed a priceless work of art. Even after she was blackmailed by the mystery girl who saw her do it. After all this, Miriam had to go on with her life. If only she knew how.


Rating

My Thoughts

* I received an eARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

Where You End has a prose so beautiful and poignant that immediately hooked me in. It is a story about first love and first heartbreak, of mistakes and forgiveness, of letting go and moving on, of family and friendships. Excellent writing really, but I can't say I fell in love.

For starters, I really loved the main character's voice. So strong and real. Pellicioli did a great job of creating a teenage character suffering from her first heartbreak and making impulsive decisions and stupid mistakes. She really nailed that part. Where You End is especially relatable to me because I've been there. I was once a hormone-driven teenager who thought it's the end of the world just because she got heartbroken. And it's a really difficult phase to be in, so I kinda understand where the main character is coming from.


Speaking of MC, Miriam just seems so lonely. She's undeniably smart, and apparently a talented photographer, but there's a certain sadness to her. She's this deep and intense person that I found myself agreeing with Elliot that sometimes, it's just exhausting to be with her. Her internal monologue's so raw that it's almost painful to read, yet it's thought-provoking and beautiful that I couldn't look away. Miriam sees everything. She feels strongly about things. But she also expects other people to feel as strongly as does, and when they don't, she gets disappointed and crushed. And I think that's her weakness. She expects too much. She hopes too much. I think it's both amazing and sad to see someone so young put so much faith on people.

Miriam's a strong and well-written character, but I can't say the same about the others. I didn't get a clear picture of Elliott, because the way Miriam sees him was quite biased, I think. Adam's okay. He's clichéd though, what with the whole falling-in-love-with-the-best-friend thingy, A bit cookie-cutter type, too. Miriam's mother, on the other hand, I'd like to admire because of her willingness to reach out to her daughter. She was trying to help, without being too pushy. And I think that's what most people (especially teenagers) need, knowing there's someone willing to listen without judging you. I also would have wanted to know more about Eva. She's an interesting and mysterious character. Miriam felt drawn to her because they're different and similar at the same time. I wanted to understand Eva more, but I think her mystery is what makes her character intriguing.

The novel is centered on the aftermath of Miriam and Elliot's breakup, but Where You End is not wholly a love story. I liked that the romance isn't the focus, but it's shown in glimpses and flashbacks.

Despite the great writing, the pace was quite slow. I enjoyed the words, but it felt like there's not a lot going on. I liked the inclusion of arts and photography in the story, though. They added to the overall appeal of the story.

Where You End has a really great theme and story. It's written beautifully and honestly. Despite the flaws and minor issues I had with the book, I very much enjoyed reading this. Where You End will remind you of your first heartbreak and all that comes after.

Favorite lines

This book has some beautiful quotes that I just have to share them. Please note that these quotes came from an ARC and should be checked against the final copy.

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I was raised to think art is the stuff humans are made of.

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The ones he could remember were the only ones worth looking at, period. And so I hope it goes with me. If only I could slip into an archival quality folder and wait until enough has happened before I look back. In other words, other shit needs to happen before I know what to do. More has to pass before I know which parts matter.

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The worst part about being sad or lost or whatever the fuck I am, is that everybody you love makes you a little angry. The more they try to show you the way out, the less you trust them, like they are trying to sneak into your heart, like they've all got a scalpel in their back pocket.

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"I said I thought music and art weren't antibiotics or surgery, but that sometimes that kind of thing can save a life."

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Was it possible to be in love and be yourself? Live is loss is love is loss is love.

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Everybody likes to be looked at, but most people don't really like to be seen.

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He is not mine, but does that mean he's gone? Can someone be right in front of you and just be gone?

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"When something is precious, people are always telling you to be careful with it, so you try to be. And that works for a vase or an antique, but not with a person. . . Because you can never really get close, when you are too scared to hurt someone. So you should. Or maybe you shouldn't. But we do."

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Sometimes you can't stand love, so you have to hurt it.

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Julie @ Books and Insomnia

Julie is a Filipina blogger who pretends she has insomnia so she can stay up late reading. When she's not buried in books, she can be found watching anime, drinking chocolate-flavored instant coffee, lurking on the internet, daydreaming and talking about herself in third person. She loves purple and anything sweet!

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