Absent

Absent - Katie Williams

I'm still processing how I feel about this book. It's a short one, less than 200 pages, and I can't decide if it needed to be much longer or much much shorter. The characters felt like rough sketches, and I found myself wanting more detail and depth in all of them. Especially the main character, who I found myself disliking for most of the story. (Though I did like Evan.) This would have been relieved if this was a true short story, but it was just long enough that it felt incomplete. The themes were there, but not explored as much as I'd have liked. The story was interesting, but nothing breathtaking. The writing was solid, but nothing that blew my socks off. It was one of those almost but not quite reads for me. I kept thinking I'd rather be rereading Every Day by Leviathan or Before I Fall by Oliver. It was sort of a blend of the two in many ways. All in all it was a good read, but not the great one I feel like it could have been.