Hola my friends and welcome back to another book review! It’s officially December and I seriously cannot wait for 2020 to be over. It’s been one heck of a year. Fingers crossed for 2021!
This book has a pretty gorgeous cover… and it totally represents what’s going on inside. This is a heavy book full of dreams, and hope.
Danny Chang has always known his parents had secrets. He’s been an artist for as long as he can remember, and with a scholarship to RISD and his family’s blessing to pursue the career he’s always dreamed of. Still, contemplating a future without his best friend, Harry Wong, by his side makes Danny feel a panic he can barely put into words. Harry and Danny’s lives are deeply intertwined and as they approach the one-year anniversary of a tragedy that shook their friend group to its core, Danny can’t stop asking himself if Harry is truly in love with his girlfriend, Regina Chan.
When Danny digs deeper into his parents’ past, he uncovers a secret that disturbs the foundations of his family history and the carefully constructed facade his parents have maintained begins to crumble. With everything he loves in danger of being stripped away, Danny must face the ghosts of the past in order to build a future that belongs to him.
I had never really heard of this book and have no idea where I got the idea to read it, but I’m so glad I did. It’s literally like a piece of artwork, very intricate and emotional. The characters were phenomenal, with very distinct personalities. Most of all, it felt so real. I find that authors often miss what Gen-Z humour is, but she hit it perfectly. There were so many moments where as an aspiring author, I found Kelly Gilbert truly a genius.
It’s so hard not to give spoilers!! Gahh!
The reason this got four stars (I’m being extremely picky here, this was a fantastic book) was I found the beginning not quite as hooking as I wanted it to be. It felt like everything was going perfectly and there were no problems. But after you read past that, everything becomes almost a mystery.
The ending! Please write a sequel. That’s all I’ll say.
Have you read this book? Or another that made you gush?