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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong


Rating: DNF

Summary on Goodreads.

"Three years after losing her brother Luka in a school shooting, Skye Gilchrist is moving home. But there's no sympathy for Skye and her family because Luka wasn't a victim; he was a shooter. 
Jesse Mandal knows all too well that the scars of the past don't heal easily. The shooting cost Jesse his brother and his best friend--Skye. 
Ripped apart by tragedy, Jesse and Skye can't resist reopening the mysteries of their past. But old wounds hide darker secrets. And the closer Skye and Jesse get to the truth of what happened that day, the closer they get to a new killer..." [+ More].


Sensitive subject; and I was looking forward to read about the aftermath of a school shooting (with all the shootings that go around nowadays, 22 so far?). Anyways, I was expecting this book to be less annoying with the obvious bullying and patheticness that Skye goes through. Can't she stand up by herself? At 22% I was wondering if the standing up for herself was being saved for the last.

Also, what's up with all this hate? Are rural kids that vicious? And her brother didn't even shoot anybody! He was holding a gun when the police shot him. I just want to see if by the end of the book it would turn out that he was holding the gun because he took it from his friend (the real shooter) so he wouldn't kill anybody. Because that would be total bullshit.

So Jeese is hurt Sky left without saying good buy, and Skye thinks that Jesse hates her because his brother died... an obvious misunderstanding that reminds me of the pitiful attempt at love in Not if I save you first by Ally Carter.

And I am not the author, but, is Jesse acting up because he is actually glad that his asshole brother is dead but feels guilty about it and don't know who to handle the feelings? Or am I super smart for catching this so early into the story?

Skye keeps being locked up in school. School staff leaves but they forget that Skye is in detention... a law suit right there! And how the fuck did students got Skye phone number to send her anonymous vicious texts and videos? And, hello! After the first message you could change the number too. But nope, it looks like her number is public domain.

And Skye was almost burned down in a room! Really, why are these students going so far? But the best part? That she thinks she saw Jesse! So, obviously, he hates her so much that he tried to kill her. Oh my! Isn't this crap totally unbelievable? So now she is convinced that Jesse is the one sending her all those hate texts.

So far, Skye is constantly hearing conversations (about her, duh!) and hearing footsteps and shit. I am soooo bored. Does anything actually rational happen here?

And just out of the blue, shouldn't victims of shooting participate in some type of counseling? Hmmm... But I'm just up to 22% and although I don't like the story I will finish it to see if the above hypotheses are proved right.

at 47% and still more of the same lame thing. I think that what this story really is about is about Skye and Jesse getting back together! They obviously "love" each other but we need to read a lot of nonsense before they confess and kiss.

77% Skye and Jesse are friends again! He told her he wasn't the one trying to kill her and now everything is good. What's left? the 'L' word. Oh! Also, Skye and Jesse figured out what the police couldn't: Luka wasn't one of the shooters (even I got that right).

Okay, I'm going to stop reading now. I'm at 80% and Skye knows his brother was just another victim/hero and she and Jesse will end up together (probably). Moving on!

Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this title.