Cecelia Price killed her brother. At least, that’s what the police and the district attorney are saying. And although Cecelia is now locked up and forced into treatment, she knows the real story is much more complicated.
Cyrus wasn’t always the drug-addled monster he’d become. He was a successful athlete, but when an injury forced him off the soccer field and onto pain medication, his life became a blur of anger, addiction, and violence. All CeCe could do was stand by and watch, until she realized one effective way to take away her brother’s drugs while earning the money she needed for college: selling the pills.
Soon, CeCe becomes part drug dealer, part honor student. But even when all she wants is to make things right, she learns that sometimes the best intentions lead to the worst possible outcome.
Oh wow. What a book.
Seriously, I'm struggling to scrape up the words to describe the way Thicker Than Water hit me - I was so amazed that I even had to read the acknowledgements because Fiore's writing was so amazing that I didn't want to stop reading it, and that made me even more amazed because I learned that this book to some degree was based on the author's own experience with a drug addict brother and that was why the book felt so unbelievable raw and real.
I started Thicker Than What somewhat nervously. 'Problem books' like this are a bit hit or miss for me and they can either kick me right in the feels relentlessly or leave me feeling a little bit numb and let down, thankfully this book came into the first category. I mean, I cannot write this review without firstly commending Kelly Fiore - this woman is an outstanding writer with the ability to write a damaged, flawed character with just the right amount of character development that has me cheering her corner. This is a book about a girl who makes some absolutely idiotic decisions that lead to disastorous consequences, but it's also about the same girl realising that it wasn't just her actions that led to this, but a culmination of others; actions, the story was engaging, raw, heartbreaking and most importantly real as were all of the characters.
I love this writing style - the combination of flashbacks and the present day and the journal entries could have felt chaotic but in this book they stitch together seamlessly, creating this story so rich with background and development, and allowing a glimpse into the world through CeCe's eyes. We can see why she came to make the choices she did and how she became the girl we first meet in the present day.
Seriously though, I can't find a single flaw in this book. I was gripped from the first page until the end and when I put it down I just couldn't stop thinking about it - that is the highest praise I can give, because I have a very low attention span most of the time....
Overall Rating: A+
Book released 5th January 2016 by HarperTeen
Book received from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review