Published: 5th September 2017
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook and a cheat. Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon and an athlete. An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. A bad romance, or maybe three. Blunt objects, disguises, blood and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies and villains. A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her. A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.
Thank you to Hot Key Books for kindly sending me a review copy.
18 year old Jule is on the run. When she was a young girl, her adoptive parents were brutally murdered and therefore, she was left to fend for herself until a woman in all black appeared and forced Jule to change her ways: to go to school, to attend martial arts class, to not share any secrets and most importantly, to trust nobody. The story of Jule begins in a holiday resort fitness centre where she meets a woman who she believes is the person after her. What does she do? She shows the readers her past, how she ran, how she only had one true friend, how she steals from strangers and how she isn’t afraid to kill someone in her path.
“She believed that the best way to avoid having your heart broken was to pretend you don’t have one.”
The narrative was fast paced, slipping from the present day of when Jule plans her route across the globe to the past tense when she remembers happier times with Immie and their adoptive parents. It seemed to be a bitter sweet plot as Jule focused on protecting herself, but also, it was rather enjoyable to read about such a strong, powerful, independent main female character. Jule is never who she truly says she is – as E. Lockhart whisks her from place to place, her identity is never the same and I absolutely loved that aspect of the plot. It was very clear as to where Jule was in the world and as the plot worked its way back through time as each chapter introduced a new event into the readers minds.
“She was another person by the time the doors opened.”
This book is confusingly brilliant. I loved the fact that we never truly knew who Jule was, what she was doing or what her next move would be. Was she really Jule or was she Immie along? My mind was continually trying to hunt down the clues which I knew E. Lockhart would plant. The plot was just genius and if I’m being completely honest, I enjoyed it a lot more than We Were Liars. In my eyes, it was the perfect ending as it left many doors open. I’m very intrigued into how the narrative is transformed into a TV show – now that will be great to watch!
“You don’t add up. You keep changing the details of the stories you tell and it’s like you don’t even know it.”