Thursday, 2 February 2012

This Is Not Forgiveness by Celia Rees

ISBN: 9781408817698
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 280

She's beautiful, impulsive. And Trouble.

He wanted her to notice him. Can't believe she did.

Back from Afghanistan. Wounded. Secretive. Out of reach. Except with Caro. He lets her in.

Over the course of one summer, their lives collide and entwine with dangerous results.

The brightest flames always leave the deepest scars.

Everyone says that Caro is bad ...but Jamie can't help himself. He thinks of her night and day and can't believe that she wants to be his girlfriend. Gorgeous, impulsive and unconventional, she is totally different to all the other girls he knows. His sister, Martha, hates her. Jamie doesn't know why, but there's no way he's going to take any notice of her warnings to stay away from Caro. But as Jamie falls deeper and deeper under her spell, he realises there is more to Caro - much more. There are the times when she disappears and doesn't get in touch, the small scars on her wrists, her talk about revolutions and taking action, not to mention the rumours he hears about the other men in her life. And then always in the background there is Rob, Jamie's older brother, back from Afghanistan and traumatised after having his leg smashed to bits there. Jamie wants to help him, but Rob seems to be living in a world of his own and is increasingly difficult to reach. With Caro, the summer should have been perfect ...but that isn't how things work out in real life, and Jamie is going to find out the hard way. 

I thoroughly enjoyed reading This Is Not Forgiveness. It was really well written and had me hooked from the start. I loved that different types of text were used for each individual character's perspective, I also loved the quotes that accompanied Caro's chapters. My favourite characters were Martha and Caro. Martha was one of my favourite characters because she wasn't afraid to voice her opinions and even her family weren't immune from her judgements. Caro was also one of my favourite characters because of her independence and resilience throughout everything that happens to her. I enjoyed reading about the rift between Martha and Caro (even before I knew the reason behind it). 

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1 comment:

  1. thamnks for the lovely review. I'm glad you liked Caro - not everyone does. The same goes for Martha. She's not the easiest of people to get along with, but we all know someone like her