Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Review: Would You by Marthe Jocelyn

Title: Would You 
Author: Marthe Jocelyn  
Release Date: July 8, 2008
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books  
Source: Bought 

My Rating: fullfullfullfullBlank

Would you rather know what’s going to happen or not know?

A summer night. A Saturday. For Natalie’s amazing older sister, Claire, this summer is fantastic, because she’s zooming off to college in the fall. For Natalie, it’s a fun summer with her friends; nothing special. When Claire is hit by a car, the world changes in a heartbeat. Over the next four days, moment by moment, Natalie, her parents, and their friends wait to learn if Claire will ever recover. (taken from

This is a book about sisters. Ironically, it was given to me by my little sis months ago. I don't really have any excuses as to why it took me so long to start. I mean, the book only has 165 pages, but the cover does kind of look like something whipped up on someone's photoshop account. So I put it off, despite my sister's words of praise. 

Obviously, I failed to realize just how touching this book would be. My sister and I are extremely close. She's the one person who understands me better than anyone, and she can make me laugh until my sides hurt in an instant. As a result, this book's plot-line was like a punch in the stomach. The thought of losing my sister and dealing with the aftermath reached me on a deep level. 

As I said before, Would You is not a lengthy read. I was surprised at the character development that occurred in such a short span of time. I really got to know Natalie and Claire, as well as their friends and family. While I would've liked the story to be a bit longer, I also appreciated the conciseness of the story. No need to draw out something this heart-wrenching

Overall, I'd highly recommend Would You. It's well-written and poignant, and it'll only take you one afternoon in bed with a bunch of tissues to get through this sob story. In the end, I took away inspirational messages... and ran to my sister's room and tackled her in a hug.