Six Months Later by Natalie B. Richards

Six Months Later by Natalie B. Richards
Sourcebooks Fire | Paperback, 336 pages
Publication Date: October 1st, 2013
Young Adult
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Cruising down the highway of IDGAF*, Chloe was pretty much satisfied with being a mediocre student. She leaves the academic brilliance to her best friend, Maggie. As long as she could keep out of trouble and get a decent score on her SATs, she’s fine with the status quo. 
But when she wakes up from a nap during study period a straight -A student, “disoriented” might just be putting it a little mildly. She lost six months of her life; she lost Maggie’s friendship along the way and somehow gained the attention of the school’s token bad boy. Everything’s confusing and no one seems to understand how much it sucked to be missing six months’ worth of memory.
Her parents, however, are thrilled with the new Chloe but Chloe, herself is less than. So she sets out to discover what’s missing, starting with Adam – the bad boy whom she apparently called in distressed. Little by little, she tries to piece together missing sections of her memory while trying to live the strange life that she woke up to.
This book didn’t have to work too hard in engaging its readers. The entire experience has me preoccupied with the mystery of what had happened to Chloe and how her life has so drastically change from page one to merely a couple of pages later. And those looking for romance will not be disappointed either. Adam, the bad boy, pitches in with secrets of his own. 
Chloe’s character was understandably one dimensional. She’s focused on one task and one task only. Some readers would find her lacking, but I digress. If you’re looking to read more into her, then you’re missing the entire point of the novel. 
Richards did a phenomenal job with keeping the atmosphere of the book rife with mystery. It felt like anytime soon I was going to be given a piece that would instantly click in my head that would eventually resolve her puzzling memory loss. But to no avail. I had to wait deeper into the book. It wasn’t easy and yet it’s so conveniently done. What else could erase a memory but a side effect of a [insert spoiler here]?
From the first moment I read the synopsis of the book, I have this instantaneous feeling that I would love it. So when I found it on a recent bookstore jaunt, I didn’t waste much time. Six Months Later is one of those rare instances when I’ve looked forward to reading it that I was scared it would be such a disappointment. But it wasn’t. Consider my expectations reached and exceeded. This novel had me engrossed just by reading the synopsis; but the synopsis had nothing on the content. Well plotted, well written, with a well concealed mystery that will hook you by the second page. Definitely one of my best reads for 2013. 

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