Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Last Good Day of the Year

Title: The Last Good Day of the Year
Author: Jessica Warman
Number of Pages: 276
Date Read: 7/5/15
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Thriller, Contemporary, Mystery, Drama

Synopsis (Found on

A new powerful thriller from the globally-embraced author ofBetween.

Ten years ago, in the early hours of New Year’s Day, seven-year-old Samantha and her next door neighbor, Remy, watched as a man broke into Sam’s home and took her younger sister, Turtle, from her sleeping bag. Remy and Sam, too afraid to intervene at the time, later identified the man as Sam’s sister Gretchen’s much older ex-boyfriend, Steven, who was sent to prison for Turtle’s murder.

Now, Sam’s shattered family is returning to her childhood home in an effort to heal. As long-buried memories begin to surface, Sam wonders if she and Remy accurately registered everything they saw. The more they re-examine the events of that fateful night, the more questions they discover about what really happened to Turtle.

My Review:

I'm not really sure how to even write about this book. I do have to say it was good and I liked it. This book is like a drama, lots of information without any real action in it but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. 

The book is about Samamtha's sister's kidnapping. The girl's name is Tabitha, also called Turtle. The book takes place ten years after Turtle's kidnapping, in the summer of 1996. The story shifts from the night/month of the kidnapping which occurred on January 1, 1986 and the present which is 1996. There are also some excerpts from a book that was written by an author about the kidnapping. Basically the story is about how Samantha's family has dealt with everything since Turtle disappeared. Her body was never found (in the beginning of the book) so its still up in the air as to if she's still alive or not. Sam and her best friend Remy were present when the kidnapping occurred and they said it was a guy named Steven who kidnapped Turtle. Ten years later, Sam is not so sure that Steven was the main who took Turtle. After Turtle was taken, Sam's family moved away for ten years but they had to come back to their old house when her dad lost his job. 

I liked Sam. She had a good head on her shoulders; she didn't smoke, do drugs, drink or have sex with just anyone (she never had sex so far). I also felt bad for her because her entire life was centered on her sister's disappearance. Her family was destroyed after that. Her older sister who was 17 at the time Turtle was taken left for college and was distance every since. Her mom was on all sorts of medical drugs and her father was depressed all the time. It must have been hard growing up for her. She is also very quiet and is called a goody goody by her older sister. She comes out of her shell a bit when she reconnected with her old best friend Remy and even though it's not clear, it seems like she started a relationship with him (in my opinion anyway). 

I liked Remy as well. He grew into a bit of a bad boy, smoking weed and drinking but he took Sam flawlessly back into his life. I didn't like Gretchen, Sam's other sister, as much. In the present time (1996) she is 27 and married but her marriage is on the outs as of now. I dunno, shes just weird and doesn't seem to have her s**t together at all. 

Anyway we get a lot of detail about the kidnapping and what happened. I felt like the ending was so abrupt. A lot of information was thrown to the reader and took more than half the book to build up and then the ending just came like a snap of the fingers. The last 4 chapters or so (which were only 3-4 pages each) went by so fast and with so much new information and then all of a sudden everything is solved. To me it was rushed, shortened and left the reader with so many more questions. 

Aside from the ending, the book was a good read.

Rating: B

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