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Aspen by Rebekah Crane | Book ReviewAspen by Rebekah Crane
Published by In This Together Media on June 5th 2014
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 236
Format: eARC
Source: the Author

One quiet night in Boulder, Colorado, Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor made a mistake.

In the next instant, her life changed forever.

Aspen doesn't want to remember the devastating car accident that killed Katelyn Ryan, a sleek-haired popular soccer player. But forgetting is hard-- because Katelyn may have died -- but she didn't leave. Her ghost is following Aspen around, and heading into senior year, it's kind of a problem. Especially when Katelyn's gorgeous former boyfriend Ben appears to be the only person at school with a clue as to how Aspen feels.

Popularity, college, Homecoming Court, hot guys - none of these things ever mattered to Aspen. She's been busy trying to rein in her giant mass of blonde curls, keep her stoner mother Ninny away from Toaster, her mom's awful bongo drumming boyfriend, and prevent her best friends Kim and Cass from killing - or kissing - one another. But with Ben sitting next to her in Physics looking all too gorgeous,  Katelyn's spirit dogging her steps, and her obsessive snow-globe collecting therapist begging her to remember all the things she wants to forget, Aspen is thrust into a vivid, challenging world she can't control … and doesn't want to.

A darkly funny, emotionally gripping story of opening up, letting go, and moving on, ASPEN is about the best-worst accident of your life ... and what comes next.

What I thought NEW

It’s been a few days after I finished reading and I’ve been pondering on how best to explain my feelings. Sometimes it’s just so much easier to review a book that I didn’t like at all, because when I do I know exactly the what aspects of the story didn’t work for me. But with Aspen, I know it’s a story that evoked so many feelings, it’s a story that I most definitely loved, but how can I best describe the jumbled up and scattered trains of thoughts in my head?

I think I fell in love with Rebekah Crane’s writing within the very first pages. I can’t really put my finger on it, or exactly explain to you what it is that I find so engrossing about it, but it just was. Everything just clicked, something in the story reached out to me, grasped my attention and held it until long after I finished reading.

Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor was such a well-drawn character. She was her own person in every aspect and her voice was immensely engrossing and unique. The confusion and pain that she deals with as an aftermath of the accident she was in is like a red thread throughout the story. She is caught between not refusing to remember and wanting to learn more about Katelyn. Her feelings are so raw and real that you feel for her and, most importantly, feel with her throughout the story.

This all makes it sound like such a heavy read, but don’t be mistaken, because there was also humorous side to the story. The smart and believable dialogue did Aspen’s voice so much justice, she’s so direct and brutally honest that you just can’t help but chuckle. The supporting characters were every bit as great as Aspen. The best-friends and the love interest! Also worth a mention, is the crazy train that is Aspen’s mother. The antics of free-spirited and weed-smoking Ninny left plenty to laugh about. (While her love for Aspen shines through, she was quite unbearable every now and then. Not to mention that “Toaster” is a figure that I most definitely would not ever want near my children).

It was one of those reads that pulls you in. The amazingly unique characters, the story line, and basically just everything worked for me. This was my first time reading Rebekah Crane’s work, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned is that she knows how to write an engrossing and believable story! Aspen was a beautiful read, I don’t know if I did a decent job explaining my feelings, it feels like I did a bunch of blabbering and don’t make any sense, but at least it’ll prove that this story blew me away! All the feels!