Aug 11, 2012

ARC Review: Laura Lascarso - Counting Backwards

Laura Lascarso - Counting Backwards

• Pub Date: August 14, 2012
• Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Reader
• Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
• Age Range: Young Adult
• Source: ALA

Taylor Truwell is a sixteen-year-old girl from Florida with a troubled past, a neglectful mother, a seemingly callous father, and an urge to flee. When Taylor is caught with a stolen car, her violent reaction lands her in court for resisting arrest. Her father convinces the judge of an alternative to punishment: treatment in a juvenile psychiatric correctional facility. And so Taylor arrives at Sunny Meadows.

Sunny Meadows is anything but the easy way out, and Taylor has to fight hard just to hold on to her sanity as she battles her parents, an intrusive therapist, and a group of particularly nasty fellow patients. But even as Taylor clings to her stubborn former self, she gradually relents to new friendships—and to unexpected romance. Sunny Meadows goes against everything Taylor stands for. But could it be the place that saves her?

In this striking debut, Laura Lascarso weaves together a powerful story of anger and self-destruction, hope and love, and the complicated way that it all comes together.

While I read this pretty quickly, I wasn't ever hooked to the story. I was mildly intrigued until close to the end, about 3/4 of the way through. By then I felt invested enough to have to finish it, if only to find out what happens to Margo, AJ, and even Taylor herself.

Taylor thinks she doesn't belong at Sunny Meadows, and maybe she doesn't. But she needs some emotional help after dealing with panic attacks for years and stealing her mom's boyfriend-of-the-month's car to run away. She meets some interesting characters throughout the novel, and she deals with her emotions and the problems with her parents while at Sunny Meadows. This is the story of Taylor trying to figure her life out.

Like I said, I was intrigued, but I never got addicted or totally sucked in. I was frustrated at the beginning because people mess with Taylor, and some of it just wasn't all that important to the story. I probably could have put this book down for a day or two without consequence, but it's a quick read, so I finished it. I hope people enjoy this one.

Bottom line: I was curious but never truly hooked to this one. It's up to you.


3/5 book sharks

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