Thursday, October 19, 2017

[Book Review] When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn

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When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn is a suspenseful story about a group of high schoolers that take a camping trip that will change them forever.

This is a story that really makes you think both as you are reading, and long after turning the last page.

Stephanie Kuehn is definitely an author that I will be keeping an eye on. I cannot wait to read more of her work!

When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn

“This isn’t meant to be a confession. Not in any spiritual sense of the word. Yes, I’m in jail at the moment. I imagine I’ll be here for a long time, considering. But I’m not writing this down for absolution and I’m not seeking forgiveness, not even from myself. Because I’m not sorry for what I did to Rose. I’m just not. Not for any of it.”

Ben Gibson is many things, but he’s not sorry and he’s not a liar. He will tell you exactly how what started as a simple school camping trip in the mountains ended the way it did. About who lived and who died. About who killed and who had the best of intentions. And he’ll tell you about Rose. But he’s going to tell you in his own time. Because after what happened on that mountain, time is the one thing he has plenty of.

My thoughts: 
Now THIS is how you write an incredible synopsis for a book like this. It gives just the right amount of information without giving too much away, and it certainly draws you in!

And phew... Just a heads up to you all I thought that, while captivating and suspenseful, this was also a bit of a tough read. It touches on a few of my red flags when it comes to reading; cheating, abuse, neglect, and many mentions of suicidal thoughts. But for some reason, in this rare case, all of these things made the story more powerful.

I really enjoyed the overall arc of the story! Though to be totally honest, I wasn't really enjoying this book for the first quarter of it. I thought it was really slow, a bit dull, and I didn't like any of the characters at all. I found that I was feeling a strange mix of dislike and pity for the main character, Ben, very early on. I also didn't care for Rose in the slightest. It seemed that the more I read, the more I disliked those two.

Thankfully, this novel was really story driven, which kept me engaged. And once the crew was on the mountain, I couldn't stop reading because I just had to see what happened next! The way that the author added in an element of suspense was really intriguing! There were definitely twists and turns that I didn't see coming.

My favorite passages:
…Rose had her own kind of darkness - bleak and savage, like a circling wildcat waiting to eat her up.

Our shoulders touched, but I didn’t feel any closer to her than I had when she’d been in a different hemisphere.

In my mind, the past was something we were destined to repeat whether e learned about it or not.

My final thoughts:
While a bit of a difficult read, it's also one I would recommend! If you enjoy story-driven, survival, young adult novels with a dose of suspense, you should definitely check this one out!

Thanks for reading!
 What is your favorite survival story?


  1. Sounds good. I like story driven novels! :)

    1. Me as well!! Especially when the characters aren't totally loveable! :)

  2. I love survival stories and this one has been on my radar for a few months. Great review - even though I may have difficulty with the unlikable characters, I'm still looking forward to this one!

    1. Definitely!! I can't wait to see your thoughts once you get your hands on it! :)

  3. I haven't heard of this! You're right--great synopsis! It gives just enough away. I already want to know what happened on their camping trip, who Rose is, and why someone ended up in jail.

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  4. I read this one not too long ago too. I had read one of the author's earlier books, and to be honest, didn't like it. I didn't make the connection with her and this one until after I started it but like you, I really liked this one as well and am glad I have her a second chance. Glad you enjoyed this one but man, it does have a lot of triggers huh?

  5. Oh, I do love survival stories! One that has stuck in my mind for 30+ years is Banner in the Sky. My Grade 6 teacher read that one aloud to the class, and I never really had any interest in it when he started reading it but it was so memorable that I've never forgotten it!

  6. Great review! I think I'll be adding this to my tbr. :)

  7. I still feel like I made a huge mistake turning down my option to review this novel! Now I shall have to put it on my TBR and read it some day. It sounds brilliant actually, like it is super suspenseful and handles things well.

    1. Oh darn!! I hope you love it when you get the chance to read it!