For Hadley Dunn, life so far has been uneventful – no great loves, no searing losses. But that’s before she decides to spend a year studying in the glittering Swiss city of Lausanne, a place that feels alive with promise. Here Hadley meets Kristina, a beautiful but elusive Danish girl, and the two quickly form the strongest of bonds. Yet one November night, as the first snows of winter arrive, tragedy strikes.
Hadley, left reeling and guilt-stricken, beings to lean on the only other person to whom she feels close, her American Literature professor Joel Wilson. But as the pair try to uncover the truth of what happened that night, their tentative friendship heads into forbidden territory. And before long a line is irrevocably crossed, everything changes, and two already complicated lives take an even more dangerous course…
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OH MY DAYS. Where do I begin? Can I just say WOW and leave my review at that because no matter how much I fan girl over this book, the words won’t do it justice.
19 year old Hadley goes to beautiful Switzerland for a year to study. Despite not knowing anything or anyone, she soon falls in love with the country and the people. Readers quickly fall into her calm world and before they can blink, several chapters have passed.
Hadley’s world is pretty straight forward. She has a lovingly family, no boyfriend, a simple set of friends and her love for Literature is through the roof. Can I be friends with Hadley? Seriously, this girl is one of the nicest characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading about. I absolutely loved her. Her life is extremely captivating and I loved every second I spent with her, getting to know people and Switzerland.
The location of Switzerland is a place where I have never visited before, but after reading this book, I felt like I had. At the time of reading, I was unsure of whether Emylia had visited but to me, that didn’t matter because the descriptions of the scenery were absolutely breathtaking. The images were crystal clear in my head and I didn’t want it to ever end. More please Emylia!
Despite the narrative being mainly about Hadley, it is told in third person and because of this, I found the conversations between her and her friends to be a little confusing. At times, I had to reread a few lines because I wasn’t sure who was talking to whom. But that was a minor issue and didn’t affect my love for the book at all.
When a very sudden event takes place unexpectedly, my heart dropped and for me, the whole dynamics of the narrative changed completely. Hadley’s world has been flipped upside down and I felt extremely sorry for her. All I wanted to do was fly to Switzerland and give her the biggest hug, but then I realised, she’s fictional. The emotional event did change the book for me and I preferred the first half to the second.
So far, this is one of my favourite books of 2014.