My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Janie and Micah, Micah and Janie. That’s how it’s been ever since elementary school, when Janie Vivien moved next door. Janie says Micah is everything she is not. Where Micah is shy, Janie is outgoing. Where Micah loves music, Janie loves art. It’s the perfect friendship—as long as no one finds out about it. But then Janie goes missing and everything Micah thought he knew about his best friend is colored with doubt.
If you’re looking for beautiful, poetic haunting writing, you’ve found the right book. If you’re looking for beautifully flawed characters that will haunt you long after you finish, you’ve found the right book.
This book is sad and tragic with alternating viewpoints of Micah and Janie, best friends since they were little kids. Only, it was a forbidden friendship between two broken characters trying to find their place in the world. Not everyone’s lives are rainbows and puppy dogs, and Zhang does a good job showing the tragic and haunting side of being a teenager.