Aspen by Rebekah Crane

Title: Aspen
Author: Rebekah Crane

Publication: May 30th 2014 by In This Together Media
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Netgalley ● I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

One quiet night in Boulder, Colorado, Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor made a mistake.
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.

Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor—your name if your mom was a high school girl that got pregnant. Indeed, most teenage girls who get pregnant would give their child the weirdest name anyone could have.
Can you miss someone who’s supposed to be dead but keeps popping up everywhere and scaring the shit out of you?
Aspen is gratifying to read! I really love the humor of this book. It makes me laugh every time. It does not let me down on the funny parts.

It pictures to me that even though Aspen’s mom smokes pot a lot, she still care and think of her. It showed me the love of a daughter towards her mother in spite of her amiss doing.
I couldn’t help but smile. In my experience, people who laugh hard, like their laughs are bursting from the bottom of their stomachs up through their chests; make the world a little lighter.
Aspen made my world a little lighter. But I saw a negative to this book. It’s somewhat racist! Aspen’s friends, Kim and Cass, talked and bullied their selves with their race. It was like a true-friends-bully-each-other-publicly talk but to me was an insult. But it’s true that Asian people have the title of having the skinniest race because half or more of the population is starving.

Even though, Ninny, Aspen’s mom was a dope smoker, she was so damn coooooool. I think it was because she gave birth during her high school days and that she is still a teen thinker.
Sometimes what we feel can’t be defined because it would take every word, every sound, every emotion ever created to do it. That’s what I think love is.
I declare myself lucky for this book was approved to me on Netgalley. A very big thank you to its publisher and awesome author. I would have not read such tremendous read.

I highly recommend this to every one for your summer (on Western areas!) and rainy days read especially for the baffled, traumatized, frustrated, and also having parent problems.


Let's leave it up to this quote from Emily Brontë: "And from the midst of cheerless gloom I passed to bright unclouded day."

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