AUTHOR: BROOKE SKIPSTONE
GENRE: YOUNG ADULT, THRILLER
Brooke Skipstone’s debut novel Someone to kiss my scars was my favourite read of 2019. It was such an impactful story, unlike everything I’d ever read before. When I heard about her new novel I was so impressed already! The idea of Some Laneys Died just has so much potential. Today I will tell you if it ended up as good as I hoped it would be.
What is Some Laneys Died about?
Laney’s world collapsed when she caught her dad cheating. He begged her not to tell, but she did. Her family fell apart and regret consumes her, especially when she learns every decision she makes spawns a new universe for the opposite choice.
If only she could skip sideways to the Laney who didn’t tell.
But her only escape is through her imagination, until a news story blurs the lines between worlds. Two girls were murdered at the same time and same place as her father’s adulterous act. Strange events lead Laney to believe their bones are connected to her and the sister she always wanted.
Laney now has another decision to make. Some Laneys say yes, while others say no; some live and some die. And some skip between worlds.
What did I think of Some Laneys Died?
“Does regret burn for things you did or never tried?”
When I first read what this book was about, I was honestly shocked. I must’ve stared at my screen like an idiot because I was already so, so impressed. The creativity that is this story idea is through the roof and I was beyond excited to get answers for all the questions in my head!
I admit that it’s pretty hard to line up my thoughts for this novel because there’s just so much to it. It’s a pretty overwhelming book to read and perhaps that’s one of the reasons why it took me so long to finish it, but I enjoyed every second.
Brooke Skipstone writes books unlike any author I’ve ever read something of. The writing style is like heaven. For some reason, every word feels so perfectly chosen and it always finds its way to captivate me. Then you have her plot, which can only be described as mindblowing. But also her characters, of course. I just love following them because they have a unique perspective on the world surrounding them.
Laney is a very unique main character as well. Her thoughts are so deep and I’m really weak for that, but because you’re in her head you get a first look on her emotions and stuff. The psychological part of this novel was realistic and relatable to me; I felt Laney’s confusion because even I didn’t know what was real and what was not at some point!
But I did have to take breaks in between reading. There’s a major triggerwarning on this book for a lot of reasons, so if you’re sensitive for any heavy subjects, I wouldn’t recommend this.
Even though it could be a bit much to handle, I’m very happy I read this book. The message was strong and important, I just really loved the story and, of course, it’s Brooke Skipstone!
It won’t be shocking when I tell you this beautiful book gets a 5/5! It’ll now be my new purpose in life to make everyone read something by Brooke Skipstone.
P.S.: I might have another blogpost involving this book coming up…