What's Broken Between Us by Alexis Bass
"A year and a half ago, Amanda Tart's brother got behind the wheel drunk and killed his best friend. Today, he's coming home from prison.
Amanda's been the one living with the fallout, made worse by her brother's recent unapologetic TV interview. People think he's a monster. Still, she loves him. It's her dark secret, until she starts getting close to Henry again--whose sister is paralyzed from the accident.
A year and a half ago, her brother destroyed his life. Now Amanda has to decide if she'll let his choice destroy hers."- summary from Amazon
Bass' follow-up novel is even better than her debut, which is crazy to say since I absolutely adored her debut. It was such a fantastic debut, but this new book is just so beautifully written and unflinchingly honest. Amanda's specific situation may not be one that many will relate to, but the underlying themes of being in your older sibling's shadow and perhaps feeling like you need to take on the consequences of their actions will hit closer to home for some readers. Amanda is a character that readers will want to root for and to see where her journey will take her over the course of the novel, to see if she can get to a point where she isn't holding herself back because of what her brother did and continues to do.
Overall, an amazing book and I cannot wait to read more from Bass. If you're a fan of Sarah Dessen and Gayle Forman, you'll enjoy Bass' work as well.
FTC: Received ARC from publisher. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.