by Rebekah Krane
Published June 5, 2014
Publisher: Together Media
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One quiet night in Boulder, Colorado, Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor made a mistake.
In the next instant, her life changed forever.
Aspen doesn't want to remember the car accident that killed Katelyn Ryan, a sleek-haired popular soccer player. But forgetting is hard-- because Katelyn may have died -- but she didn't leave. Her ghost is following Aspen around, and heading into senior year, it's kind of a problem. Especially when Katelyn's former boyfriend Ben appears to be the only person at school with a clue as to how Aspen feels.
Popularity, Homecoming Court, hot guys - none of these things ever mattered to Aspen. She's been busy trying to keep her stoner mother Ninny in line and out of unemployment. But with Ben sitting next to her in Physics and her therapist begging her to remember all the things she wants to forget, Aspen is thrust into a vivid, challenging world she can't control ... and doesn't want to.
A darkly funny, emotionally gripping story of opening up, letting go, and moving on, Aspen is about the best-worst accident of your life ... and what comes next.
My Thoughts: Aspen is a high school senior who is not one of the popular girls. The book follows her along during her senior year after a motor vehicle accident from which she survived, but the other driver, who happened to be Miss Popular at school, did not. After Katelyn's tragic death, Katelyn's friends kind of take her in and she also grows close to Katelyn's boyfriend Ben.....and she starts seeing Katelyn's ghost to top things off.
Aspen's character was really fun to get to know. I loved her dry, quirky sense of humor and her snarky comments. The secondary characters were also really fun to, especially her friends Kim and Cass. Then there is Ninny, her pot-smoking mom. I enjoyed watching the relationship between Aspen and Ben develop also.
Aspen is a great YA novel that is well written and really fun to read with great characters and lot of humor, but has it serious moments also, and something Teens and YA fans would definitely enjoy.
Rebekah Crane fell in love with YA literature while studying Secondary English Education at Ohio University. After having two kids, living in six different cities, and finally settling down in the foothills of her beloved Rocky Mountains, her first novel, PLAYING NICE, was published. ASPEN, her second YA novel, set in Boulder, CO, is due to release in summer 2014 from In This Together Media. She now spends her day carpooling kids or tucked behind a laptop at 7,500 ft high in the Rockies, where the altitude only enhances the experience.
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