Alex has lived in Golden Bend all of her life and her family has owned Cooley Mountain Whitewater Rafting Company for decades. Before last summer, Alex never imagined leaving. But then tragedy struck, and she lost her father, her first love Sean, and her love for the river.
Now, nearly a year later, it is summer time and Sean is back, stirring up all kinds of emotions Alex would rather not face. Because despite the brave front she puts up, she still refuses to venture in the river, and is far from over her father's death. But long suppressed feelings and thoughts have a way of getting out eventually...
Tricia Mills has crafted a complex and vivid story of love, grief, and the slow process of healing, set in the beautiful, wild, and dangerous country of rural Colorado. Mills' characters are authentic, varied, and fallible in their own unique ways, but each of them contributes a realistic and personable undercurrent to the novel. Mills handles the subjects of grief and death in a very levelheaded yet sensitive manner, and her insights as to how Alex reacts to the way she does to her father's death are keen. However, Heartbreak River is not without its happy moments: lighthearted and witty exchanges between the six friends occur frequently, and there is plenty of romance and boy trouble. But Mills balances the moments of grief and the moments of happiness, efficiently reminding readers of the heartaches and joys of life, and the importance of never giving up on living, making for a stellar, quick, and emotional first novel.
Cover Comments: Look, another cover with heads in them! I'm beginning to think that there aren't as many headless covers as we though. I like the intensity of this cover image, the way the two people are almost kissing, and the way the girl's heair is windblown. I think it captures the urgency and the emotion of the book very well. Kudos to Razorbill for a very awesome cover!
Heartbreak River will be released from Razorbill next week, on April 16th!