Title: Weeping Angels
Author: Cristy Rey
Summary of the book:
“Four years ago, Frankie Rios walked away from her best friend and big sister, Iris. To Frankie, Iris died the day that she last rejected Frankie’s attempts at getting Iris alcohol and drug treatment. Rather than accept grief for her beloved sister’s loss, Frankie turned to her music. A renowned cellist, Frankie has managed to ignore the pain and suffering of losing the person she loved most in this world. With Iris out of her mind and out of her life, Frankie was able to move on…or so she thought. Until Iris really did die.”
There were two main characters in the story; Frankie Irises sister and Topher Irises childhood best friend. I found these characters very real, and raw with emotion. I could identify with the emotions that both of these characters were feeling. I too have lost a sibling like Frankie all though mine was to cancer not addiction, I also lost the love of my life first to his addiction and then to his suicide that took him from me forever.
The book is written in two POV’s I, myself like it this way (as long as it is done right). I like to see how the different characters describe what is happening and how it affects them. I do not look at it as duplicating a scene like most readers do. Cristy does and awesome job of writing out the two POV’s!
I found the plot of the story believable and so close to home for me this was a hard book for me to get through due to how much it felt like my life. I have still not come to terms with the losses and I struggle with them constantly. I am hoping that I can learn something from the characters and use it to help me move forward. I need to follow Cristy’s advice and learn to love myself again and let others in to love me.
My favorite part of the book would have to be seeing Frankie and Topher come together and help one another heal. Both are broken and shattered from different reasons but find a common ground to help in the healing process. Together they make sense and recognize what each other needs; to be loved for whom they are, faults and all. I really can’t say that there was anything I did not like except maybe the feeling it made me feel, but isn’t that what a story is suppose to do?
I think I experienced every emotion we know while reading this book. Despair, anger, loss, depression, love and happiness. Pretty much in that exact order with happiness finishing it off like icing on a cake.
I recommend this book to anyone who has felt loss this book helps put things into perspective and gives you some coping skills. I feel it can help in the healing process of loosing someone you love or maybe even to help you help someone else.
I have read another book by Cristy, Taking Back Sunday that I really loved. He two are totally different types of books. And she still nailed it and wrote something great again with Weeping Angles. I love her writing style and look forward to reading more from her.