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.
My Thoughts on When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn
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 from When I Am Through With You
…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 on When I Am Through With You
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!
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