Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Publisher: 12th of July 2018
Released: Macmillan Children's Books
When they got in the lift, they were strangers (though didn't that guy used to be on TV?): Sasha, who is desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he's the best-looking guy in the lift and is eyeing up Velvet, who knows what that look means when you hear her name and it doesn't match the way she looks, or the way she talks; Dawson, who was on TV, but isn't as good-looking as he was a few years ago and is desperately hoping no one recognizes him; Kaitlyn, who's losing her sight but won't admit it, and who used to have a poster of Dawson on her bedroom wall, and Joe, who shouldn't be here at all, but who wants to be here the most.
And one more person, who will bring them together again on the same day every year.
What I Have to Say
This was always going to be the big release of the summer. Six amazing authors coming together to write a story from six viewpoints (seven if you include the omniscient narrator who pops up from time to time) and it didn't disappoint. It was everything I expected from the authors pulled together in a seamlessly created story.
I loved each of the characters and how different they were from one another, each facing a different set of problems and anxieties and having to get through life. All the characters were beautiful and real but I think my favourites were probably Kaitlyn, Velvet and Hugo (from love to hate to actually quite like! What a journey!). Kaitlyn was so awesome and badass with an interesting journey throughout the novel. Velvet so much the contrast, so shy and insecure, watching her go through her struggles and come out of the other side having grown as a person. And Hugo, the one everyone loves, because he's a very different perspective from the others. The privilege prick who for most of the novel you want to smack, in a good way!
If I had to criticise it would be that there really wasn't enough time with each character for the amount of time the novel covers. Six whole years of their lives (and very changeable ones at that. It would have been nice to have had a longer novel and to have seen more of their lives.
I thought long and hard about which author was writing which characters, especially since I know their writing styles pretty well, but it's just so hard to tell!
My guesses though...
Hugo - Melinda Salisbury. I don't know why. I just feel like it's her.
Velvet - I think maybe Holly Bourne or Non Pratt. Maybe Tanya Byrne or Sara Barnard
Joe - I would say maybe Lisa Williamson. Maybe Non Pratt. Really hard to tell with this one.
Kaitlyn - I really feel Non for this one. Or Holly. Maybe Sara. I could also see her as Tanya.
Sasha - Sasha could have been anyone. I didn't even get a sense of who she could be from the writing style
Dawson - Dawson is another one who could have been a bunch of people. I could see Mel but my biggest guess for her is still Hugo. He feels a bit like Holly. Or Non. Or Lisa. Or Sara.
So I'm gonna go
Velvet - Sara
Kaitlyn - Non,
Sasha -Tanya ,
So any guesses? I can't wait to see who was who.
My thanks go to Netgalley and Macmillan to provide me with this copy for review.