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Published by Sourcebooks Fire on October 1st 2013
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
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Chloe didn't think about it much when she nodded off in study hall on that sleepy summer day. But when she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can't remember the last six months of her life. Before, she'd been a mediocre student. Now, she's on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he's her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won't speak to her.
What happened to her?
And why can't she remember?
Memory loss plotlines can go in so many directions, which is a huge reason why I enjoy them so much, unraveling the mystery of it all. Six Months Later was a highly enjoyable read full of twists and turns that left me guessing!
As we know from the synopsis, Chloe falls asleep in study hall only to wake months later with her memory gone. Her best friend is no long her best friend, she is now dating the popular boy she’s had a crush on for years but perhaps lusting on the bad boy in school instead, and suddenly her grades are beyond amazing. So what happened? Well first off, I loved how she woke up. She’s in the school, almost full circle since it’s where she had her last memory. She also has a bump on her head and dirt under her fingernails. Was she in some sort of accident? No clue! All of a sudden there is Adam, who is seemingly the bad boy with a criminal record, who is there claiming she asked him to meet her there, and the connection between these two was incredible, yet left Chloe at a complete loss. But then in walks her boyfriend? Hmmm, very interesting dilemma, indeed. Then Chloe made the mistake I was yelling at her for throughout the whole novel, she didn’t tell anyone she didn’t remember! She continues on with this new life of hers and keeps her memory loss a secret, for the most part. Gah, I was so mad at her for it. lol It makes sense why she felt the need to hide it eventually, I guess, but I must admit it drove me nuts. But anyways, the whole plot was unraveling all of these old memories that would surface and these clues and I honestly didn’t figure things out for quite awhile. I love reads like that. I didn’t know who to trust, and I mean I did not trust ANYONE, except her best friend, well ex-best friend, Maggie. I had some major conspiracy theories rolling around in my head and that is probably why Chloe chose to keep it a secret in the first place, she didn’t know who to trust either. There was obviously something going on that she was missing.
Maggie, the BFF/ex-BFF, was probably one of my favorite characters. She wasn’t so quick to forgive her best friend but she was willing to do anything to help her when she needed it. Obviously I had a few minor issues with out main character and her decision-making but on a whole she was a smart character, holding back and not trusting those she was suspicious of. And she was great at putting clues together. Adam was amazing. I mean, I didn’t fully trust him but I could not help but hope he was a good guy. He had such a sweet side that he kept hidden and the chemistry between them was undeniable.
On a whole, this read was a lot of fun! I found myself in suspense and so excited to figure out every clue left for us. If you are a fan of unraveling mysteries then this is definitely a great choice!
Adam’s so pretty he looks like he could sprout wings and a halo. But angels don’t usually come with criminal records. pg. 12
My eyes look empty, but I think they should be full – full of all the things I’ve seen but can’t remember. pg. 163
“I think it’s all an act,” I say, licking Twinkie filling off my finger. “This bad boy thing. You do it to pick up girls.”
“Is it working?” he asks, leaning closer.
“Jury’s still out,” I say, but when he kisses the side of my neck, I’m pretty sure the verdict is in. pg. 182
“So do I actually get to eat with you or is this a drive-by flirt?” I ask. pg. 193
Question of the Day: What would you do if you woke up tomorrow missing memories from the past 6 months?