About the story:
Layne Wheeler needs lists. Lists put her life in order and help her come up with a plan when things go off schedule. Stepping on a skateboard to impress her crush wasn’t on any of Layne’s To Do lists. And her accident triggers a cascade of events that spins her life so out of control that none of her lists can fix it.
But a secret list she discovers centers her and forces her back on track. While Layne checks items off the list she realizes that not only does she have to find a new normal, she also has to come to terms with a past she can no longer recognize. How can she do that, though, when she isn’t sure anything will be right again?
What I think:
This story definitely pulls at the heartstrings. Natalie Corbett Sampson knows how to get right to the pit of an emotion and make you feel it. I loved how, through Layne’s eyes, I came to know and appreciate characters I never got to actually meet. I really enjoyed the Beatles theme throughout the book. It was a nice grounding wire to follow as I was reading. I chuckled a few time imagining someone in a cast trying to manage simple tasks like putting in a pony-tail, or loading the washing machine. I also really loved how, although navigating grief seemed to be the main drive behind the story, I was side-lined by an unexpected message of love, acceptance, and the realization that can hit you like a brick in the face that your parents are complex individuals.