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. 

  • I have just heard so many good things about this book recently and hadn't even heard of it before then. I will definitely be moving this up the TBR. Great review!

    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

  • I'm so excited to read this now! The mystery sounds amazing and the premise is so unique. Awesome review 🙂

  • OMGOMGOMG. Did you just rate this as 5/5? Eeeep! This is one of my most anticipated books!!! I'm so happy to hear that you loved it. <3 "This book didn’t have to work too hard in engaging its readers" - Oh, wow. That's good to know. :) I'm itching to read this! Great review!

    Precious @ Fragments of Life

  • Great review! If this is one of your best reads of 2013, I will definitely have to check it out. Also, I am a new follower….looking forward to checking out your reviews!

  • I hope you'll get to read it soon, Lisa. It was really great. 🙂

  • Hi Mel! Yes, I'm a sucker for them too. Though not as bad as the ones you're into lately. *smirks* 🙂

  • Thanks, Rachel. I guess it's what they would call, a plot-driven novel? Since we don't really get to know much about the characters. 🙂

  • Thanks, Melliane. It had me by my nose! And I couldn't even hazard a guess what the heck happened to her. 🙂

  • Ohhhh! Looking forward to your review, Candace!

  • That's the best part of it for me, I think. I have no clue what was going on so I just kept reading. 🙂

  • I hope you'll get to read it, Brandi. I'll be looking for your review!

  • OMG. You'll be in big trouble then, Beth! Lol. <3

  • Thanks, Sara. Have you reviewed it yet? I must stalk your blog. Lol.

  • I hope you'll get to read it soon, jasprit. It's completely different from what's out there!

  • Man, this sounds awesome, and definitely like my kind of book. Engrossing mystery… SOLD! 🙂

  • Love a book with a bad boy even if I have to lose six months to get to know him lol sounds interesting for sure!!

  • Ooh, yay! I'm so glad you loved this! Its mystery is definitely engrossing and I love your point about Chloe being one-dimensional. 🙂 Great review!!

  • I confess that I'm really really curious about what happened, as you say it's really intriguing and I'm curious to read the book to know the whole thruth. great review!

  • I enjoyed this one a lot too, my review goes up next week. It was one that I was definitely dying to know what the heck was going on!

  • I loved this book and its mystery. It was great how the author was able to keep things mysterious enough that you're lost along with Chloe, but you still don't get frustrated with the story . . . you just keep reading to figure out what the heck is going on.

  • best of 13? Sounds amazing and i need to get it soon

  • I don't know if you know this Joy, but I have a reading list! Stop reviewing awesome books! Lol. This sounds like something I would like! Great review!

    P.S. My November Reading List will be call: I'll read whatever Joy likes.

  • I'm sososososo glad you ended up loving this, Joy! I agree, the mystery of it all was well done and very engrossing. 🙂

  • I am so happy to see your 5 star review of this Joy, I didn't even come across this book until like two weeks ago, but I agree the premise sounds amazing and I'm glad that the author was able to deliver a solid mystery with a great romance at the side too! Lovely review as always! 🙂