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Neverland - Shari Arnold Book provided by Netgalley

Likes:
• Livy is an extremely likeable character, I loved her from the very first page. It's so clear how much she misses her sister and just wants her to come back. At the same time she pretty much has to deal with the loss alone, because her parents are pretty much absent. She's being forced to act mature, because she's got no-one else. I really felt for her and I loved her so so much. The way she acts and the things she wants to do, they're so realistic and I've even been there myself.
I also loved the way she grew. It was like a the seasons, when suddenly everything comes to life again during spring. It was done in a very great way.

• I don't think I've ever highlighted so many quotes before. Some of them because they were beautiful, some of them because I could relate. The writing style was really good, it was right down my alley.

• I kind of have a soft spot for these kinds of books. I expected it to be good, but I wasn't prepared for it to be this good. I think it'll be a new favorite!

• I wasn't too fond of Meyer at first, but he grew on me and I ended up liking him. James I liked immediately, he was a great character. Livy's parents started out to be pretty annoying and I didn't understand them at all, but when the book ended, I liked them and I even came to understand why they acted like they did. It just took me a while to accept them.

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Memorable quotes:
"And when my sister died, they stopped calling altogether. Maybe they figured I was too busy mourning to need a friend."

"That's what I am. I'm a pothole. And until someone comes along and fixes me, I am dangerous. I am broken. I am not a part of this life and yet I'm still here. I know I'm supposed to get over losing my sister. I know that's what everyone expects. I'm just not ready yet."

"You have a lot to learn about love, Livy. Love isn't selfish. It may be unkind and it will definitely humble you, but never will it demand what it can't give back."

"I hate this place sometimes. I hate that there is even a need for a children's hospital. There should be a rule universally accepted when it comes to kids, like an age restriction. Nothing and no one should harm a child during the time they are too young to fend for themselves. I get that life isn't fair. But it's far worse when you don't understand what is happening to you. When you're too young to even make sense of it. The death of a child goes beyong unfair. It feels like a punishment."