Title: Who We Are Instead
Author: Kyla Stone
Published Date: Expected March 15th 2017
Genre: YA Contemporary
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
When her father has a massive heart attack, 20-year-old photography major Lena McKenna leaves college to provide hospice care for him after her rebellious younger sister, Lux, disappears. At home in her basement darkroom, Lena develops old family photographs, increasingly haunted by the memories of her mother, an intensely unhappy woman who committed suicide eight years before.
Meanwhile, 17-year-old Lux, always wild and reckless, descends into desperate self-destruction. She can’t face the guilt eating away at her. She’ll do anything to escape it. Anything. Drugs, alcohol, boys. It doesn’t matter, as long as she forgets the memories that won’t let her go.
When her car breaks down, Lena runs into Eli, a former classmate and popular jock. While he’s as cocky as ever, he’s also full of surprises—including a two-year-old daughter he’s raising as a single father. In spite of herself, Lena falls hard for this newer, kinder version of Eli. But how can she believe in love when everything’s falling apart around her?
As their father’s condition worsens, old memories rise to the surface. Lux’s out-of-control behavior leaves a trail of devastation in her wake. Lena must make a choice. Escape her past and leave her sister behind, or turn and face the demons that may destroy them both.
Who We Are Instead explores the dynamics of familial responsibility, the volatile relationship between sisters—the memories that bind them together and the rivalries and resentments that tear them apart—and the way we blur the lines between loyalty and obligation, truth and deception, honor and betrayal.
From the beginning, you’re introduced to a family that’s still in mourning. Issues and resentment that were buried long ago, soon come to light. This was such a unique read. It was real, emotional, and at times raw. This book deals with real life and mental issues. I truly enjoyed it. I give this 4 stars
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