Thicker than Water by Kelly Fiore
"Cecelia Price killed her brother. At least, that's what the police and the district attorney are saying. Although CeCe is now locked up and forced into treatment, she knows the story is much more complicated. Cyrus wasn't always a drug-addled monster. He used to be a successful athlete, but when an injury forced Cyrus off the soccer field and onto pain medication, his life became a blur of anger, addiction, and violence.
All CeCe could do was stand by and watch, until she realized an effective way to take away her brother's drugs while earning the money she needed for college: selling the pills. Only she never expected what happened next."- summary from Amazon
This was a really interesting book and a complete 180 from Fiore's previous books, which were romantic comedies for the most part. This is a much more serious and heavy book, but Fiore writes it so well and really gets into CeCe's mindset and voice. It's a fascinating novel that alternates back and forth between the present day and 3 months beforehand (which, as the novel progresses, gets closer and closer to present day). Based on the summary, I had a different idea of what happened to land her on trail for jail and was surprised at what really happened. It was an interesting twist and one that made a lot of sense.
Overall, a fantastic novel from Fiore and a perfect read to start off your year. I highly recommend this to anyone who's a fan of Ellen Hopkins.
FTC: Received ARC from publisher. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.