by S.A. McClure
“The Search for meaning after loss is the greatest struggle of all.
Small-town girl Lilly Sterling thought she had it all: popularity, friends, love. But when everything in her world was shattered in a single blow, she plummeted into a downward spiral that seems to go on forever. Her boyfriend is gone; her mother is gone; her younger sister is lost in her own problems; and her father is drowning his problems in drink.
So when someone new enters Lilly’s life, she finds herself caught between her present and her past. But the whispers of her past aren’t stopping, in fact, they’re getting louder.
This coming-of-age tale about love, loss, and redemption follows seventeen-year-old Lilly as she struggles to find herself in a search for meaning. Journey with her as she lives through the everyday – and the not-so-everyday – struggles of growing up.”
I was approached by the author to read and review this book, I knew nothing about it before reading it, but I jumped straight in.
Lilly is depressed, after her boyfriend killed himself about 18 months before the book is set, and her best friend, Brittany, is trying to get her back on the dating scene. Lilly’s younger sister, Laura, is ‘hanging out with the wrong crowd’ and becoming more distant. Their mother left when they were younger and because of that their father is a drunk. But Lilly decides to go on a double date, and tries to make amends with Laura, only for everything to blow up, as life has a tendency to do.
I think I would have to say that my favourite character was Lilly, this was because she was so real, and even with everything going on and finals around the corner, she tried to carry on as best as she knew how. All the other characters are fabulously written and are so real, there are several others that stand out as strong contenders as my second favourite, but then I would probably list half the characters.
I loved it so much, even though it was quite dark. I do not tend to go for dark, especially if it is ‘real-life’. I was explaining parts to the girls at work while I was reading it and then after my next break what had happened in the next bit, all I can say is they were a bit freaked out, as it is something that can and does go on in the world.
I think my favourite scenes were the ones of Lilly and Laura together, followed by Lilly and Will, it was all so well written. It took me through all the emotions, horrified, shocked, sad, happy. I almost threw my reading device across the room at point, I was so horrified at what had just happened. It was completely gripping once I got into it, I did not want to put it down.
The Search does end on a cliffhanger, as I am writing this I have just finished reading the book and I really want to know what happens with all the characters! I am guessing it is a stand alone book.
The Search is a young-adult book but I would also say that adults would enjoy it, it is quite dark, so maybe for the older end of young-adult. 5 out of 5.