There are so many wonderful things I can say about this novel. Let me start by saying that I loved the chapter titles. I loved that there were no chapter numbers, simply a song name and band. This totally helped me get into the right mindset for the upcoming chapter ... perfect choice :)
Carmen and Walker are total BFFs. From eight to eighteen they were inseparable. I imagined late night studying, football games, bon fires, parties, a little trouble, many long talks, etc. Carmen is haunted by the past of her junkie parents and resents being raised by her grandparents. Walker is the friend that shows her life is still ok to go on living. Through school they are super tight and totally rely on each other. But Carmen has bigger plans for her life.
Leaving Walker devastated, Carmen starts on her new life. She is expecting amazing opportunities and friendships and that just isn't the case. She quickly learns that to make it in the city of lights you need to learn to shed your soul. Hitting rock bottom Carmen runs to the only place she has ever felt safe ... the arms of Walker.
To me, this story was semi predictable. No I did not see all the crazy things coming that Carmen would go through. But I feel like I knew ultimately how the story would end. I loved all the twists and turns throughout and I loved the vivid descriptions T.A. Hardenbrook used when describing the characters. At the end of the story is a brief description for another book coming out Winter 2013 ... I am totally excited to see what is next to come from this author!