To risk what I'd come all the way here to risk and let things get more complicated, if they had to. To be able to say, if only to myself, what I really had inside me. p.128 Uncorrected GalleyThis was such a sweet story. Cass is so sad and just doesn't know what to do with herself. She feels like she doesn't belong, that her friends are only her friends because of Julia, that she is an outsider. And it doesn't help that Julia's boyfriend is a jackass to her sometimes as he struggles to deal with his own grief and guilt. I love how the characters are so real and make mistakes. They react to situations in a very real way. And Julia's struggle to understand how she stands sexually is so very touching, but it is friendship with Julia that I found most moving. Several times I had tears in my eyes. To lose someone who means that much to you, especially at 16 is a terrible thing.
The relationship between Heather and Cass progressed at a very nice pace, nothing happened to fast and each girl had reason enough to take it slow. There was nothing surprising about it though. There were no twists or anything, but it had enough drama to make it work without being boring. I expected more of the relationship with Cass and Julia, like there was some twist, but it was a wonderful friendship.
All in all, it was a very sweet and moving book. I really enjoyed it and found it to be a very easy read. Oh and the Totally Sweet Ninja Death Squad sounds awesome!
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Hogwarts: Muggle Studies