First Sentence: " "Sir?" she repeats. "How soon do you want it to get there?" "
I'm not a big fan of dialogue starting a book. You do want to know what she's talking about, and who she is talking to. However, this prologue really isn't necessary to the book. It's more like a teaser, but not one that necessarily compels you to read. You continue thinking about the prologue all the way through the book though, because, sequentially, it happens at the end. Jury's still out on this one. I'll take the book as is.
Beefs: It made me almost cry. Not for the faint of heart. (Not sure if this is a complaint, I loved it, didn't I?)
Brownie Points: The dual narratives of Hannah and Clay are woven so perfectly together, it's as if you are right there with them, not just reading a book. I've never seen this done before, and I'm likely never to see it again. With any less skill, it would have been a disaster.
Ending: Satisfying. Unsettling. Sad. Hopeful.
Recommendation: Read it. Duh. So good. And give it to a teenager. I'm curious as to how a teenager, still in high school, would respond to this. Do you know one, or are you one, who has read it? I want your opinion.
Would I represent it? If you don't know the answer to that by now, you haven't been paying attention. This novel is everything I love. (I read it in one day.) Death, high school, real relationships, love, love lost, hope, bullies, drama, angst (in the best way possible), emotions so real you can almost touch them... yes, i would represent it.