I struggled a lot trying to remember the ages of the characters. I had no problems with Rachel, she is a teenager and a pushover through and through, but the rest…not so much. Isaiah seems older and t...
he people around him do too. Like Eric, seriously a 19 year old that controls the street racing bets…,I don´t know, I had problems believing it so in my mind most of the characters kept ageing.
Then, for me the story was unbalance. In one side, we have a street topic like car racing, bets, rapes, beatings, drugs, etc. These kinds of things seem more mature, not suited for teenagers, yet Rachel confronts this fine, ok. But then we have an age appropriate topic, that it would be sex for a 17 year old. This however is conducted more as if Rachel was a 15 year old, it was way too light, more so in comparison with the hardness of the other aspects of the story. The contrast between the two sides made the book lack credibility for me.
Also, it would have been nice to see Rachel confront her family about Isaiah and try to fight for him and make them see reason. Instead, in the end happened what happened (I´m not going to say), and that conflict was avoided. I don´t think that is how it would happen in most instances of real life so it was a bit disappointing to see the “easy” exit that the writer took to avoid all that.
Generally speaking, all and all, it was a nice story.