I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. The scheduled publication date for this book is September 6, 2016.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, sixteen-year-old Kyle Donohue watches the first twin tower come down from the window of Stuyvesant High School. Moments later, terrified and fleeing home to safety across the Brooklyn Bridge, he stumbles across a girl perched in the shadows. She is covered in ash and wearing a pair of costume wings. With his mother and sister in California and unable to reach his father, a New York City detective likely on his way to the disaster, Kyle makes the split-second decision to bring the girl home. What follows is their story, told in alternating points of view, as Kyle tries to unravel the mystery of the girl so he can return her to her family. B
This is a book about the days immediately following 9/11. There were a few things I liked and a few I didn't. I thought the portrayal of everyone's despair and yet, hopefulness during those days was really accurate and moving. I thought Kyle was an awesome character. I loved how he responded to the girl on the bridge and how he wanted to take care of her and mostly, just how he didn't want to be alone. I loved his family and I teared up a couple of times when he talked about his dad. Kyle's dad worked on the Terrorism Task Force, so he was with the first responders, digging through the rubble that was the Twin Towers. I can't even imagine what that must have been like. I also loved Kyle's Uncle Matt. Matt used to be cop until an accident made him a paraplegic. So Matt is in a wheelchair and he can barely speak. Kyle was so good with him and I loved that the girl Kyle rescued actually looked Matt in the eyes and talked to him, instead of acting like he wasn't there. 9/11 changed everything for everyone and I felt like 9/11 made Kyle realize just how important his family was, not that he didn't before, but it just became more clear I guess.
The girl was a hard character to pin down, but I liked how the author told things from her POV. Her POV included little snippets and they were in verse. It was an interesting way to have a second POV and I thought the author did a great job with it.
So why didn't I love this one more? That's a hard question to answer. I didn't feel like the book was as emotional as it could have been, especially considering the subject. I'm not really sure why it wasn't a tearjerker. Maybe it was because most of the story was kind of Kyle's observations about the news and his friend and what his dad tells him, but he really isn't involved in the events of 9/11 themselves. And I never really felt the sense of urgency about who the girl was or what happened to her. I guess I had a feeling that things would work out with her. I won't spoil the ending about who she was or what happened to her, but I was satisfied with it. It was a pretty good book, but it just wasn't as good as it could have been.
Buy/Borrow/Skip: Borrow this one.