From Goodreads: West is a high school senior who has everything going for him until an accident leaves him paralyzed. Strapped down in his hospital bed, slipping in and out of consciousness, West is terrified and alone. Until he meets Olivia.
She’s the girl next door—sort of. A patient in the room next to his, only Olivia can tell what West is thinking, and only Olivia seems to know that the terrible dreams he’s been having are not just a result of his medication. Yet as West comes to rely on Olivia—to love her, even—certain questions pull at him: Why has Olivia been in the hospital for so long? And what does it mean that she is at the center of his nightmares? But the biggest question of all comes when West begins to recover and learns that the mysterious girl he’s fallen in love with has a secret he could never have seen coming.
This was fantastic! It was exactly what I expected it to be, and then some, throwing in a huge twist near the end that I just ate up—it was too cool and explained away all the questions I had concerning Olivia’s interesting appearances. To be honest, until the twist was revealed (which I never saw coming), I kept wondering why Busby decided to make Olivia’s appearances a bit clipped, unfinished, even, but once the secret was out, I just about died in my chair. It’s a fabulous twist and I absolutely loved it, especially as I was able to begin piecing things together that had irked me throughout the novel and left me wondering…
West is a great character, as is Olivia. I loved their interactions, especially as West has to learn to communicate through blinking and it seems that Olivia is the only one who can truly figure him out. I’ll admit, I was very angry at West’s parents, girlfriend, and even his best friend as the story unfolded—how they could treat West the way they did while he was in the hospital was really jarring, but again… there’s a twist people, and it’s sooooooooooo good…
Watching West slowly begin to recover was extremely life-like and I felt like I was a fly on the wall, seeing it all first hand. I can’t imagine waking up in the hospital only to find that weeks have passed and I’m paralyzed, unable to speak or communicate, yet West remains strong, stronger than I ever would, and as he recovers his revelations and choices about how to handle them are astounding. I truly enjoyed this novel, though on occasion parts of it did seem a bit long winded, but that aside, it was phenomenal and I highly recommend it! Four and a half stars.
Bloomsbury Children’s Books has been extremely gracious in allowing my to read an ARC of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its release on September 4, 2012.