Kristina is your typical blond, curvy bombshell. Every guy wants to be with her and every girl wants to be her friend, so she is one of the most popular girls in school. Tess is the baby sister. She’s a high school freshman and the only thing occupying her is the prospect of being in the National Honor Society. Kristina is doing her best though to break Tess out of her shell, and the book opens with Kristina dragging Tess to a high school party. Tess is fed up of being in Kristina’s shadow, so instead she is content to fade into the background. Because let’s face it, Kristina has it all . . . until she discovers she has bone cancer.
Kristina has an aggressive form of bone cancer, and doctors must act quickly in order to save her leg. She is immediately admitted to the hospital to undergo chemotherapy, and instead of being the gorgeous girl around school, she becomes sick and starts losing her hair. Suddenly, Tess is the one taking care of her sister, instead of the other way around, especially because their parent’s are having a hard time coping with Kristina’s cancer. Tess is forced to reevaluate what is important to her, and she starts to question her friendships and priorities.
As is typical with YA, both girls had love interests, but Gurtler kept the reader questioning who liked whom and where relationships were going till the end, so that was an added element that kept my interest. I’m still unsure of how I feel about the outcome of Tess’s boy drama, and all I can say in regards to Kristina is . . . wow.
Gurtler has definitely done it again. Which I guess makes no sense because this is her first book! But I read her new book, If I Tell, a few weeks ago, and I was blown away, so I am glad this one was just as good, if not better!
I received a copy of this book from the published in exchange for an honest review.