A World Without You

December 23, 2016

Author: Beth Revis.

Summary:

What if finding her means losing himself?

Seventeen-year-old Bo has always had delusions that he can travel through time. When he was ten, Bo claimed to have witnessed the Titanic hit an iceberg, and at fifteen, he found himself on a Civil War battlefield, horrified by the bodies surrounding him. So when his worried parents send him to a school for troubled youth, Bo assumes he knows the truth: that he’s actually attending Berkshire Academy, a school for kids who, like Bo, have “superpowers.”

At Berkshire, Bo falls in love with Sofía, a quiet girl with a tragic past and the superpower of invisibility. Soíia helps Bo open up in a way he never has before. In turn, Bo provides comfort to Sofía, who lost her mother and two sisters at a very young age.

But even the strength of their love isn’t enough to help Sofia escape her deep depression. After she commits suicide, Bo is convinced that she’s not actually dead. He believes that she’s stuck somewhere in time—that he somehow left her in the past, and that now it’s his job to save her. And as Bo becomes more and more determined to save Sofía, he must decide whether to face his demons head-on or succumb to a psychosis that will let him be with the girl he loves. (Published summary.)

My Thoughts:

This was actually an intriguing read. Although the summary on the back kind of gives away what’s actually happening, the book is completely written in Bo’s point of view, to the extent that the reader may find themselves wondering exactly what’s really happening… much as Bo does. This POV handles the delicate topic of adolescent mental illness with a unique twist, simultaneously sympathetic without glorifying it. (For example, Bo perceives a pyromaniac girl as having fire-powers; he’s friends with her and impressed with her ‘power’, but sees her as too hungry for the fire and losing control of it sometimes.) I would say A World Without You is well-written with a nicely paced plot and rounded characters.

Content Review:

Sexual content: Some kissing. One instance of a girl wearing a low-cut shirt.

Language: 13 scatological terms, 12 d***, 12 hell, 5 a**h*le, 1 derogatory term, 1 F-word

Violence: Boy throws a chair at a man. One boy locks another in a closet. Character finds the body of a child who committed suicide. One fire in which several characters are injured.

 

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