Author: Elizabeth Scott
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 24, 2011
Links: Amazon | Goodreads
Source: Galley Grab
Abby accepted that she can't measure up to her beautiful, magnetic sister Tess a long time ago, and knows exactly what she is: Second best. Invisible.
Until the accident.
Now Tess is in a coma, and Abby's life is on hold. It may have been hard living with Tess, but it's nothing compared to living without her.
She's got a plan to bring Tess back though, involving the gorgeous and mysterious Eli, but then Abby learns something about Tess, something that was always there, but that she'd never seen.
Abby is about to find out that truth isn't always what you think it is, and that life holds more than she ever thought it could...
The plot has the leisurely pace of a realistic, contemporary story, and it all happens in the somber sort of fog that Tess's coma has cast over Abby's life. Abby is driven by her plans to make Tess wake up, and she drags Eli into them. It's more about Abby's relationship developments, though - to Tess, to Eli, to her sister's ex-bestie, to her parents - and her struggles with the way in which she sees herself and the way she feels the community sees her as well. The situation isn't a lighthearted one and the plot isn't fast-paced or anything, but the book is a short and quick with interesting characters who are rife with lots of little issues. And though it deals with some difficult situations, it does so in a hopeful way.