ABOUT THE BOOK:
When I Am Through with You
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
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“This isn’t meant to be a confession. Not in any spiritual sense of the word. Yes, I’m in jail at the moment. I imagine I’ll be here for a long time, considering. But I’m not writing this down for absolution and I’m not seeking forgiveness, not even from myself. Because I’m not sorry for what I did to Rose. I’m just not. Not for any of it.”
Ben Gibson is many things, but he’s not sorry and he’s not a liar. He will tell you exactly about what happened on what started as a simple school camping trip in the mountains. About who lived and who died. About who killed and who had the best of intentions. But he’s going to tell you in his own time. Because after what happened on that mountain, time is the one thing he has plenty of.
OMG. I’m not quite sure where to even begin with this one. Did I think this would be a good mystery? Yeah, sure. Did I think I might be surprised by some of the twists and turns? Definitely. Did I think that one night I would pick it up and never set it down because I was in so deep and couldn’t stop myself from finding out just what the book hell was going down? No, but that’s exactly what happened.
Other people are born to be the protagonist, the main character, the brightest star in the galaxy.
But not me.
This story starts off with Ben, our narrator and main character, telling us that he’s not a good guy. That he’s sitting in prison for the murder of his girlfriend, Rose. I was so intrigued by this. I mean, we’re learning that Ben isn’t quite the good guy we’re used to getting as our protagonist and how do you deal with the fact that you’re already knowing the end of the story? We know the end result, but Kuehn is a master of captivation. Even though I somewhat knew the end result, I still didn’t know how we got there, and I couldn’t help flipping pages to find out the true story.
Kuehn has such a unique writing style, and I was in love. The words and phrases that she uses are so unique and beautiful. I was captivated by some of the lines in the book, and I thought it was just the right tone to set the mood for this haunting story. I’ll definitely be looking out for her work in the future.
The plot was so intriguing as well. I love a good camping trip story, and this one was just the right amount of creepy and cool. The atmosphere was the perfect backdrop for the story, and I could picture it oh so perfectly. Plus, it added so much to the progression of the story. I don’t want to give away any details about the plot, because personally, it was so cool to spot every new development as it happened and not know what was coming next – and honestly, I really had no clue. Kuehn did such a good job moving the story along without giving any major hints of what was coming and managed surprising me in new and brilliant ways.
I only had a few slight issues with the story. While I liked the characters and totally felt with Ben, I did get confused with some of the motivations of certain characters. This story is a very psychological novel, and the characterization is deep. It’s not surprise that the author is in the psychology field. But sometimes I just felt too distant from the characters and why they were doing the things that they were doing. But I did really think Ben was a well done character (LITERALLY SO WELL DONE).
Overall, I thought this was such an engrossing read. I read this in two sittings, and I feel like I instantly want to dive right back in to this story. If you’re a fan of mystery and thrillers, this is totally for you. I would put this as much older YA fiction, so those that are into adult thrillers would totally enjoy this as well, I think. I did feel some disconnect from it in the beginning and at the ending, but I still super recommend (that middle part is A+++). Four crowns and an Ariel rating and a visit from Elsa because…they are climbing up a mountain and I get some Let It Go feels. XD
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I grew up in Berkeley, California, which is a quirky sort of a place with many wonderful bookstores. When I was fifteen, my very first job was working in one of those bookstores. It’s where I would go after school, and I’d read everything that I could. Back then, some of the books that had the greatest impact on my life were young adult novels, and now, as an adult, I’ve found my own passion in writing for teens.
Other passions of mine include mental health advocacy, social justice, and sports of all kinds. When I’m not writing or reading (or studying for graduate school), I’m usually outside running or playing with my family. I currently live in Northern California with my husband, three kids, and our menagerie of pets. Life is loud, joyous, and filled with animal hair.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, my last name is pronounced keen. I know! I don’t get it either.
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- 3 copies of WHEN I AM THROUGH WITH YOU by Stephanie Kuehn will go to 3 winners
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