Petula has avoided friendship and happiness ever since tragedy struck her family and took her beloved younger sister Maxine. Worse, Petula blames herself. If only she'd kept an eye on her sister, if only she'd sewn the button Maxine choked on better, if only...Now her anxiety is getting out of control, she is forced to attend the world's most hopeless art therapy class. But one day, in walks the Bionic Man: a charming, amazingly tall newcomer called Jacob, who is also an amputee. Petula's ready to freeze him out, just like she did with her former best friend, but when she's paired with Jacob for a class project, there's no denying they have brilliant ideas together - ideas like remaking Wuthering Heights with cats. But Petula and Jacob each have desperately painful secrets in their pasts - and when the truth comes out, there's no way Petula is ready for it.
~I was given a copy from the publishers - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - What a beautifully heartbreaking story. I want more from this story and the characters, I just can't get over this brilliant book.
Petula is dealing with a family death. Not just any family member, her baby sister. She blames herself for her death for not keeping an eye on her. Her anxiety has sky rocketed. Petula attends a group session of teens who have gone through some family problems and there she meets Jacob. Jacob is new to the school and he is dealing with some grief. She wants to find out what happened to him. Since whatever happened to him has made him an amputee.
Jacob is charming and is always smiling. He is trying to get past what has happened to him and then he meets Petula. Petula is quiet, dresses in her own way and he wants to help her. Him and Petula get paired up for a class project and that is where there friendship starts.
They start to open up to each other and tell each other about their pasts and their worries. Petula starts to feel things for Jacob but, what is Jacob hiding? And will the truth scare her and will she be ready for it?
This book deals with a lot of topics! Mental health, LGBTQ, family deaths and even though it has some sad topics and moments there are some really funny bits in this book and heartwarming moments. I really loved this book and just couldn't put it down once I started it. I loved the characters and how they all interacted with each other.
You get to meet the others in her support group and I just felt for all of them.
A fantastic book from Susin and I cannot wait to read more of her books.(I also need more just saying)