A girl survives a crash that killed her dear friend but must live with the emotional and physical scars.
Four lifelong friends: Trent and Sadie were in one car; Gray and Gina were in the other. The collision killed Trent but sent Sadie flying through the windshield, leaving her with permanent scars on her face, arms, and legs. She names some of her scars (the one on her face is Idaho), and she hides inside and wears long-sleeve shirts and long pants even in the Florida heat. Someone is sending her envelopes with sentences that Sadie has privately kept for years in a stuffed animal. Who is doing something so intrusive? She has established an email friendship—possibly even a romance—with Trent’s younger brother, Max, who’s been away in El Salvador, but now he’s coming home. And Gray, Sadie’s former boyfriend, and Gina, who was cheating with Gray, want to re-enter Sadie’s life. When Max returns and the other teens come together again, their complex relationships begin to resolve. Stevens keeps the focus on Sadie’s turbulent emotions in this heartfelt examination of the consequences of disfigurement. Sadie just doesn’t believe anyone can truly love her again, even though she has the support of her parents, a good psychologist, and her friends. If anything, the author portrays Sadie’s friends and family as almost too good to be true.
A good emotional wallow. (Fiction. 12-18)