Title: The Chance You Won't Return
Author: Annie Cardi
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Available: Barnes and Noble | The Book Depository | Powell's
From the Publisher: When your mom thinks she’s Amelia Earhart, navigating high school, first love, and family secrets is like flying solo without a map.
Driver’s ed and a first crush should be what Alex Winchester is stressed out about in high school — and she is. But what’s really on her mind is her mother. Why is she dressing in Dad’s baggy khaki pants with a silk scarf around her neck? What is she planning when she pores over maps in the middle of the night? When did she stop being Mom and start being Amelia Earhart? Alex tries to keep her budding love life apart from the growing disaster at home as her mother sinks further into her delusions. But there are those nights, when everyone else is asleep, when it’s easier to confide in Amelia than it ever was to Mom. Now, as Amelia’s flight plans become more intense, Alex is increasingly worried that Amelia is planning her final flight — the flight from which she never returns. What could possibly be driving Mom’s delusions, and how far will they take her?
This is one of those books where I liked some parts, and then I didn’t like other parts. That’s kind of standard, right? Unless it’s a book you can’t stop gushing about.
But then I got to the end. THE END. It left me in a murderous rage that nearly made me throw my iPad across the room.
WHAT KIND OF ENDING WAS THAT MS. CARDI?
Let me tell you. That was NO kind of ending at all!
I like happy endings. But I don’t need happy endings (see: Allegiant). What I need is closure. And this book was more open-ended than a 10th grade essay question about Shakespeare.
I CAN’T HANDLE IT.
I don’t even necessarily need everything tied up in neat little bows. But don’t leave me wondering View Spoiler »if things ever get better in Alex’s life! Just because there’s a glimmer of hope doesn’t mean jack shit when the book ends and her mom is stuck in a mental facility. « Hide Spoiler
Give me closure. Give me something to hold onto as I imagine the lives of these characters beyond the pages of the book!
Otherwise, what’s the fucking point?