Eden McKinley knows she can’t count on much in this world, but she can depend on Bonnie, her solid, steady, straight-A best friend. So it’s a bit of a surprise when Bonnie runs away with the boyfriend Eden knows nothing about, especially when the police arrive on her doorstep and Eden finds out that the boyfriend is actually their music teacher, Mr Cohn. Sworn to secrecy and bound by loyalty and friendship, only Eden knows Bonnie’s location, and that’s the way it has to stay. There’s no way she’s betraying her best friend. Not even when she’s faced with police questioning, suspicious parents and her own growing doubts – but as the days pass and things begin to unravel, Eden is forced to question everything she thought she knew about the world, her best friend and herself. (Synopsis as found on Goodreads.com).
Normally I read to escape reality and not indulge in it so when I engaged in this read, I had a bit of an emotional reaction to it as I found this story can be so real among youth, it’s scary. I was appalled with the situation between the teacher and student yet I really felt for Eden and Bonnie. Although an easy, fast paced read, I found this to be an intense coming of age story with some confronting themes that will definitely spark discussion and raises the question, what is the true meaning of friendship? I found the story delivered a key message about the choices friends need to make. The choice between what is right and what is easy. What is easy may not always be right and what is right may not always easy. In this case, does a friend tell the truth of what’s really going on with their friend as it’s the right thing or do they keep quiet to save their friendship but let the wrong thing continue? A good read I am sure the YA contemporary readers would appreciate.
Special thanks to Pan Macmillan Publishers for sending me a review copy as part of their Summer Readings Blog Tour.