Meadow, Nico, Anabella… all the names come swirling into Wren’s mind. But they’re not there to save her. They can’t help her escape wilderness therapy camp. A place for troubled teens, Wren Clemmens is whisked away into her worst nightmare, one that she would never have imagined to come true. With no friends at school, the opportunity to befriend Meadow, a mysterious and menacing girl, is one that Wren is quick to take up. After falling into bad habits and changing her demeanor to reflect that of Meadow’s, her family becomes increasingly worried about their safety as a whole. Thus, Wren is thrust into a new world, where drugs and boys are no longer an option. Trapped in the desert, Wren must learn to let go, start a new chapter, and understand the reality of it all.
It usually takes me a few chapters to really get a feel for a book, but the storyline immediately drew me in. All of the situations seemed very simplistic, yet they were twisted into this heroic, daredevil spinoff that kept me on my feet. I empathized with Wren because, no matter what, she continually failed to make friends. Personally, I was not a fan of Meadow’s personality, but I do know people in real life that are similar to her. The writing style was full of imagery and very descriptive, but I wish that there had been more information about the other characters in Wren’s family. Yes, they were talked about, but perhaps there could have been a chapter from their perspective or another character’s in order to get both sides to the story. I truly did enjoy this book and would recommend it to anyone who is trying to find themselves and explore new possibilities.
Wren may have had a tough girl image, but in the exposition, we see her softer, more gentle side. That really gave me hope because I knew that Wren was capable of being a better person; she just needed love to make her flourish. I’ve seen friends in real life who are quiet and alone, but when you talk to them they’re a whole new person. It’s exactly like Wren’s situation. We never know who could be hiding under those false masks.
Reviewed by Mitali, Grade 10, Twin Hickory Area Library