Simplistic narrative and genuine facts of all the random thoughts that run through our minds when faced with someones death.
A touching and beautiful story of childhood friends gathering to mourn the death of a friend from the past.
We get to meet eight characters, and each one takes us on a journey of how they perceived their friendship and past memories. You can't help but sympathize and relate to each one on a different level. At first, when Philip was describing how living in a small town meant that as a kid you practically didn't have any rules, you knew everyone and parents didn't mind having their kids outside all day, as there was nothing to be afraid of, I couldn't help but smile and think "wow it's just like my childhood, I partially grew up just like he did". Then when Sarah stepped into the picture I could relate to her also, and Maxine, and each one of the characters. I found my self nodding and talking to myself, saying how much I identify myself with them. And when Sarah finally broke I could not help the tears in my eyes. It really makes you reflect on your own friends and loved ones, and how their lives would go on in case of your own death, as well as theirs.
As the book progresses I found myself not expecting what the big climax of the story was, but of the characters themselves. I couldn't get enough of every one of them, I feel as there should be a book about all of them separately. Somehow they just seem extremely real, and normal.
I would recommend this book to everyone, it is touching and really makes you think about the small things in life.