November 19, 2014

REVIEW: Last Train to Babylon By, Charlee Fam

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Who put the word fun in funeral? I can’t think of anything fun about Rachel’s funeral, except for the fact that she won’t be there.

Aubrey Glass has a collection of potential suicide notes—just in case. And now, five years—and five notes—after leaving her hometown, Rachel’s the one who goes and kills herself. Aubrey can’t believe her luck. 

But Rachel’s death doesn’t leave Aubrey in peace. There’s a voicemail from her former friend, left only days before her death that Aubrey can’t bring herself to listen to—and worse, a macabre memorial-turned-high-school reunion that promises the opportunity to catch up with everyone… including the man responsible for everything that went wrong between she and Rachel. 

In the days leading up to the funeral and infamous after party, Aubrey slips seamlessly between her past and present. Memories of friendship tangle with painful new encounters while underneath it all Aubrey feels the rush of something closing in, something she can no longer run from. And when the past and present collide in one devastating night, nothing will be the same again. 

But facing the future means confronting herself and a shattering truth. Now, Aubrey must decide what will define her: what lies behind… or what waits ahead.

Charlee Fam created a narrative that sneaks up on you and punches you in the gut. The kind that has disturbing secrets and truths that aren’t pretty or necessarily expected. This book wasn’t the best thing I have read in a while but the author created a book that was hard to put down. I had to know what happen to Aubrey and what her life has been like.

Aubrey wasn’t a character that you could really love. Yes she was the main character and yes she had some traumatic stuff happen to her but even before all of that she has an inability to feel emotion. She cold, blunt, and sometimes cruel. She was self-aware and that’s what made her somewhat bearable. Aubrey went through a few traumatic things at the end of her senior year. The minute she could she ran and never came back. That is until Rachel, her “best friend”, committed suicide. Now she is back and she has to deal with everything she left behind.

One of the things I liked about this book was the dynamic between Rachel and Aubrey. From when they were little to high school they have always had a love/hate relationship that no one knew about expect for Aubrey. Adam was another person I liked. Granted I didn’t like his choices but he was a character that kept my attention and I was interested in his story.

The writing was done well and the flow worked. Everything about this book was somewhere in the middle. That is why it got a three. It wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t great either. It was readable with moments that I really liked. The only thing I think I hated was the ending. Other than that I liked the book.

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