*****(5) out of 5 stars
This book was nothing like I expected, but I absolutely adored it. I had heard of Alice England prior to its debut, and I knew this was a mystery of sorts. I had more of a Nancy Drew vibe in mind, however. I was quite confused about all the images of funeral related items, as well as ocean trinkets, and what they could possibly have to do with one another. But things do, ultimately, all come together and actually make sense.
There are so many things that this book is about that I don’t even know how to describe it. Sure, there’s Mikey Warrender, the A-list high school jock with the successful Senator father, a popular sister, and the perfect girlfriend. Then he runs smack into a reality check in the persona of Alice England. A friendless undertaker’s daughter, she sees strange things and always speaks the truth. And a little at a time, bit by bit, so subtlety that he isn’t even aware of it, she gets Mikey to examine his life, his family, his goals, and everything that he thought he knew about himself and his place in the world. Along the way, he also becomes friends with and then falls in love with this strange girl. Oh, yeah, and they solve the mystery surrounding the recent death of his estranged twin brother.
I received a free copy of this title from the author, Curiosity Quills and NetGalley; and have willingly provided an honest review.