This is a great story by a great story-teller. I was enthralled by this writer, as I usually am!
The story is about Chrysler Wong who has spent her entire life in Spring Hills, a rural Alberta town filled with oil rig workers and floundering businesses.
Over most of her seventeen years, she has looked after her parents’ store and watched her four older siblings leave her very suddenly. Reggie, Stef, and Gene each died at eighteen. Trina disappeared on the evening of Chrysler’s seventeenth birthday.
Now in her final year of high school, Chrysler is debilitated by fear. Though she is smart, strong-willed and longing for change, she is absolutely brought to her feet. She is afraid that she’s unlovable and doomed to live a scripted life. She is always worried that Trina may never return. She is worried that the same thing that killed her siblings will also kill Chrysler.
Then Chrysler meets Conrad, a boy from a neighbouring town who shares her love for books and biology. With his help, she begins to imagine a future for herself beyond the confines of Spring Hills. She may even be able to come to terms with the immense losses her family has experienced.
This is a vibrant story about a complex love and loyalties that hold a family together and the tragedies that can tear it apart. I loved the story from beginning to end.