By Samatha Mabry
Synopsis: For all intents and purposes, Lucas is a spoiled, rich, white kid living in Puerto Rico. He’s been living there since he was young because his father is a millionaire who builds lavish hotels. Ever since he was little, Lucas has been hearing different stories about the house on the end of the street. When bodies start showing up, he’s alarmed. But when he the girl he makes out with washes up on shore two days later - all eyes are on the outsider, Lucas.
They told me their stories but never trusted me. (page 21)
...I’d spent the rest of my night in a cell with a man in a grease-stained mechanic’s uniform who snored like a broken furnace and smelled like rum and bird shit. (page 46)
What I feared was a future where I ended up a version of my dad: oblivious and arrogant and disappointed in clearly beautiful things. (page 55)
“...A man can get lonely when he chooses to devote himself to another living thing that isn’t capable of giving anything in return.” (page 66)
...sometimes unfair and illogical things happen, and those things have the ability to convince you fairness and logic are illusions, as real as wishes blown off dandelions. (82)
Rating and Review: 3.75 stars
So, here’s the thing. This started out as a good, old-fashioned mystery, right? I was reading part one and into part 2 and was definitely into the book and then it all got weird. Here’s what happened:
Lucas is from Houston, but his father comes to Puerto Rico every summer and tears down old buildings, builds new ones and makes them into tourist attractions. Basically, every local Puerto Rican hates his family except for a select few of his friends he’s had since he was a little boy. During the summers he meets girls and makes out with them, and doesn’t really care until he meets Marisol. Meanwhile, there’s this house on the end of the street that everyone says is cursed because a girl with poisonous skin lives there. (Keep this in your mind.) Although it’s rumored he house is cursed, people still go there to throw their wishes they want granted over the wall in hopes that the cursed girl grants their wish. Marisol begs Lucas to go to the cursed house and she throws a wish over the wall. Lucas knows Marisol for two days and then she washes up dead on the shore. All eyes are on Lucas as the suspect. And I was like….
Meanwhile, I’m here like, WHAT’S GOING ON WITH MARISOL??
Lucas, while still hunting for Marisol, discovers that Isabel’s father has been kidnapping girls and trying to find a cure for Isabel so she can touch people without killing them, basically. Lucas is now suspect #1 and there’s a manhunt for him. Disregarding that very important information, Lucas and Isabel still go on this wild goose chase to find the girls Isabel’s father has kidnapped. (Why hasn’t anyone called the police yet? Why not let real detectives handle it?) There’s so magical realism thrown in there with the curse on Isabel. It was just… a lot.The whole third half of the book, I was just like….