- The story jumped into the action, there wasn't a lot of catching the reader up from the previous book.
- The relationship between Janie and Cabel is both mature yet believable for two teens who have lived tough lives.
- The drama is gut-wrenching, heavy stuff - no lighthearted conflict here (not that I mind that, but it's a nice change from a lot of YA.)
- This is a paranormal, but doesn't feel that way. You almost start to view Janie's dream catcher abilities as if she has a disease.
- Love Cabel - He's not perfect, he's not described as this gorgeous guy, he's a normal guy who treats Janie with respect, understanding, and patience. I think he presents a good model for teen girls - look for a guy who treats you with that kind of care and concern.
- The characters are realistic. They curse (although not gratuitously) and there is sex (but it is the "fade to black" kind and it is not portrayed as this big, all-encompassing part of their relationship.) I think both of those decisions fit for two older teens who have grown up basically on their own their whole lives.
- I felt satisfied with an ending that wasn't all sunshine and rainbows, which is hard to do. I'm a HEA girl, but Lisa McMann wrote the ending that was needed for this book - bittersweet.
In the cool dark basement, she whispers, "It's not Ralph, is it?"
Cabel's quiet for a moment, as if he's thinking. "You mean like Forever Ralph? Uh, no."
"You've read Forever?" Janie is incredulous.
"There wasn't much to choose from on the hospital library cart, and Deenie was always checked out," Cabel says sarcastically.
Have you read these? What books have you read that broke rules effectively?