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Careful by Isobella Jade
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By Isobella Jade
Release Date: July 26, 2012
Book Description from Amazon:
After Estella Montclair is killed in a texting and driving crash, what remains of her face and body is devastating. But not all of her has died. During the first month after her death, Estella's spirit travels among her living friends and family. Her best friends Zara, Eva and Jett show her how pain and sorrow can break apart or strengthen a bond. She also sees for the first time that loss can spark revenge, catastrophe can come without warning, and we all have secrets. She wonders if her chance for love with Phoenix has passed her by, and if out of sight truly means out of mind. And maybe one day the girl who caused her death will admit her mistake. While adjusting to a new state of being, Estella struggles to face the limitations that come with death, but blossoms by recognizing she can still touch the lives of the people she once knew so well.
About the Author
Isobella Jade is an author, petite model and a wizard of self-promotion. Her modeling memoir Almost 5'4" is her personal memoir about being a shorter-than-average model in NYC, the ins and outs and highs and lows of striving to beat the odds. Her graphic novel Model Life was released in November 2009 and Short Stuff is her collection of on-the-job experiences that took place after Almost 5'4" and includes modeling tips for shorter girls. Her most recent work is a new YA novel called Careful, the first book of the Careful, Quiet, Invisible series.
Twitter username @IsobellaJade
Seventeen.com featured the book in their book club:
I was recently visiting my hometown in Syracuse, NY and chatted with ABC affiliate News Channel 9 about the book:
Careful is one of those books that will have you in tears (or at least with a lump in your throat) by page 15. While I did expect a lot of emotion, given the topic that Isobella writes about, still there's no preparing for what Careful has to offer.
First of all, a lot of heart. Jade wrote Careful after the loss of her father, and it shows on every page. She raises all the questions that we ask ourselves after losing someone dear and wonderfully captures the plethora of emotions. When Estella dies in a crash caused by a schoolmate who was texting while driving, she doesn't "leave", but lingers and watches how her friends and family try to move on. She discovers more about them (and herself) than she ever had the chance to while she was alive. Jade made me feel a lot, even when it wasn't all positive, but I was not indifferent. That's what matters to me in a book.
Jade takes Estella on a journey of rediscovering what remained behind: a loving family, close friends and romantic relationships. Even though the big event happens right up front, there is enough plot to keep the reader interested in what happens next. Jade also incorporates issues such as bullying, eating disorders, and pays attention to smallest details of everyday life, which makes this book more easy to relate to.
The reason why I'm giving this book four stars instead of five is the ending which really came too abruptly, not in a cliffhanger sort of manner, but more like simply making a cut between two chapters. Also, the writing didn't make me swoon, there was a bit too much of retelling, so that Estella seemed somewhat detached. But overall, I enjoyed this book, and will probably reread it soon.
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