This book was recommended to me by a friend, and I'll admit that I was a little skeptical about the novel at first. It seems like your everyday friendship and self-destruction novel, but it's so much more than that. Cadman and Rosie have been best friends for ten years, even though they're not in the same school. They embody the spirit of the saying "opposites attract". While Cadman is shy and timid, Rosie is loud and out-going in the best way.
When Rosie meets Suzanne at school, Cadman grows jealous of her ubiquitous presence. However, the tables soon turn when Suzanne is more drawn to Cadman than to Rosie, and dark secrets are revealed. Suzanne has led a troubled life and often disappears into her own realm. Prone to sneaking around and living a secret life, Suzanne's aunt worries as she drags the perfect Cadman into her schemes.
This book is truly wonderful, and I advise you all to take a leap of faith and try out this book. Barnard weaves through issues and triumphs, depression and joy and character and plot beautifully. Although I felt that the plot would be a predictable one at the beginning of the story, some parts really surprised me. I wouldn't call this a Young Adult novel, however I wouldn't classify it as a Middle Grade one either. Let's just say that it's somewhere in between. If you're an adult looking for a light read, or a tween looking for something deeper, this book is just perfect for you.