Friday, 24 June 2022

Audio: A year to the day

Narrated by: Sarah Beth Goer


Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins


Release date: 06-21-22


Publisher: HarperAudio


YA Fic /to review




A book about grief, and survivor's guilt. Trying to move on and, well that is the and. The thing is that the book is told backwards. So I never really feel her sadness as I should. Her grief, her guilt. The book kept moving backwards towards the accident so the whole impact was lost on me. I did feel it would have been better the other way around, at least for me.




And because I listened I did not really get the whole thing either, I thought it jumped around, and then I realised it kept going back and never forward.




Leo lost her sister in an accident, but she can not remember the accident. And well it moves backward so  that is that. She moves through her grief, her mother is broken by it, her sister's boyfriend who drove the car is dealing. But yes the emotional impact does not really hit me. And when it we do get to the accident it is like ok, well that was that, and I never know if Leo ever deals with her grief.




The narration was good, she brought it all to the story.






It’s been a year—a year of missing Nina. A year of milestones—holidays, birthdays, everything without her. Leo feels like she should remember what happened that night. But all she knows is that she left the party and got into a car with Nina and Nina’s boyfriend, East.




East, who once promised Nina he’d watch out for her younger sister. East, who has been trying to keep that promise every day since. But East won’t give Leo the one thing she wants—the one thing she needs. He won’t tell her anything about the accident. He won’t talk about that night at all.




As the days tumble one into the next, Leo’s story comes together while her world falls apart. The only constant is the one person who can help her bear the enormous weight of her love for Nina—and East might be carrying too heavy a load of his own.


20 comments:

  1. Glad the narration was good. Working backwards like that can be tough as a storytelling device.

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  2. It's an odd way of telling a story. I can see why it would have less of an impact. :/

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  3. I really hate a book like this that moves backward. Not for me for sure.

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  4. I think that I would be confused if I listened to a story told backwards.

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  5. I don’t think this one would be for me. Thank you for sharing. Regine
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  6. It sounds like the narrator did a great job. Stories that go backwards can be tricky- especially if it isn't clear that is what is happening. Thanks for sharing. :)

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    1. She really did. And going back can work, but this time it did not for me

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  7. And it sounds like such a poignant story, too bad you couldn't get the feel of it right.

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    1. It could have been so real but now mostly confusion

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  8. Hmmmm... that is an interesting twist on storytelling. Sorry it lost the impact for you.

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  9. I agree. I feel like it would've been more impactful the other way

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