SUMMARY A World Without You 107

SUMMARY ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ Beth Revis

Ctually attending Berkshire Academy a school for kids who like Bo have “superpowers”At Berkshire Bo falls in love with Sofía a uiet girl with a tragic past and the superpower of invisibility Sofía 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 ageBut even the strength of their love isn’t enough to help. I have very mixed feelings about this book and I'm not sure how to sort them out It should be noted up front though that Revis drew on her brother's real experience with mental illness as inspiration for this story so I am not doubting that this is a realistic portrayalYou may want to avoid this review if you haven't read the book yet I discuss things covered in the official summary but I felt the summary gave away the whole storyThe premise of this story I've often heard is Does the main character have superpowers or does he have a mental illness It's in the book summary that he has a mental illness and that is how the book was recommended to me and that's the only reason that I feel this premise is okay because I'm not very comfortable with relating mental illness to having a superpower though I can't pinpoint all my feelings around this However I do feel as if it's realistic that their mental illness would come as a surprise to someone having delusions Bo's experience felt genuineWhat really hindered my enjoyment is that the story relies so heavily on that uestion of superpower vs mental illness It reuires the reader to be unsure but the summary told us the answer up front This could have worked well as a character study if it hadn't had such an emphasis on the plot and that mystery I don't enjoy stories that treat mental illness as a mystery to be solved To be clear I think it was responsible of the summary to tell us the answer up front I just wish there had been to the plot here because as it was this story felt way too long unnecessary and repetitive If you've read the summary you know the whole story The premise and the execution did not work for me personally It also did not help that the end view spoilertotally leads you to believe that Bo had in fact seen the future with the earring scene undoing all of the work toward establishing a story about mental illness hide spoiler

SUMMARY A World Without You

A World Without YouSofía 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 and 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. I want to say that this book is stunning in a powerful way because it is of striking beauty excellence as well as efficacious mighty; but because I hear these descriptors so often I'm afraid they're almost a cliche I'll simply say read this book please

Beth Revis ☆ 7 SUMMARY

SUMMARY A World Without You 107 å What if finding her means losing himselfSeventeen 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 What if finding her means losing himselfSeventeen 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 a. Time won’t let me change it I am at best an observer I cannot rewrite history I just can't rate this any higher I want to The premise is fascinating and I loved Revis' Across the Universe But even though this book picks up in the second half the idea is much stronger than the book itselfFirstly contrary to what some people seem to be assuming this is not a sci fi novel And it's not a spoiler to say that either I had thought it might be one of those novels where the narrator believes in something paranormal and everyone else thinks they're crazy and we as the reader don't know which is true for most of the book Actually no The novel is exactly what it appears to be from the blurb and it is clear instantly that this is a story about mental illnessThere were times especially in the beginning where I was disappointed that we knew the truth The story didn't pull me in and I felt like I had all the answers but was waiting for Bo to catch up Gradually however the book found its strength in portraying the fear and confusion one would expect from a severe mental illness in fact I believe this is the most severe psychosis I've ever read about in YAIn A World Without You Bo believes that he has the ability to travel through time He also believes that he is at a school for teens with special powers that his classmates also have their own powers and that his beloved Sofía is trapped in 1692 a time only he can rescue her fromThere were a number of problems for me1 Forgettable secondary characters Literally none of the other characters are memorable They appear as the most basic outlines of people falling into bland boxes the benevolent doctor the distant workaholic father the caring mother the mean asshole Ryan the sassy one Gwen the weird one Harold and the sweet love interest Sofía None of them are developed beyond thisBo's relationship with each also remained undeveloped Perhaps this was deliberate given that his perspective rarely surfaced from his troubled mind but the effect is that they are one dimensional and easy to forget2 Phoebe's perspective Bo's sister gets her own chapters and the problem is that she's uninteresting Phoebe mostly whines about how she doesn't get any attention because she's the normal daughter with good grades and a college future I know this is supposed to show the reality in contrast with Bo's skewed perspective but she is boring Does anyone actually care whether she's the best or second best cello player in her school orchestra3 Storytelling via flashbacks In his attempt to save Sofía Bo repeatedly tries to go to the past However he finds himself accidentally travelling to other memories instead These parts felt really forced because it was obvious that the author was trying to paint in a backstory It was like Oops I'm in the wrong past But oh Here's a story about the early therapy sessions4 Repetition about the damn strings Bo views time as being like strings winding away into the past in order to travel somewhere he grabs the strings And honestly it grew so tiring reading about the descriptions of strings especially when he was searching for Sofía Passages like this The red string of Sofía’s past evens out along the weave smoothing down flat again Any chance I had of pulling the end of Sofía’s string from the vortex disappears before my eyes Over and over5 The last chapter As I said the book does gain some strength as it progresses mostly because it really is uite frightening to imagine Bo's confusion The penultimate chapter is excellent and though it would have been evil to leave it hanging there it would have made an impact Instead we got one chapter of Phoebe's perspective taking the edge off and leaving it dull and flatA book with a lot of potential but it didn't live up to itBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Store