Speed of Life

“What I promised is to help you, but you can’t abandon her like this. Goddammit Crystal, you’re her mother! It’s time you stop pretending that she dropped out of the fucking sky when the stork flew over our house by accident!”

Title: Speed of Life

Author: J.M Kelly

Series: Standalone

Publication: October 11th 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Pages: 352

Source: Publisher in exchange for a honest review

Summary from Goodreads:

Twins Crystal and Amber have the same goal: to be the first in their family to graduate high school and make something of their lives. When one gets pregnant during their junior year, they promise to raise the baby together. It’s not easy, but between their after-school jobs, they’re scraping by.

Crystal’s grades catch the attention of the new guidance counselor, who tells her about a college that offers a degree in automotive restoration, perfect for the car buff she is. When she secretly applies—and gets in—new opportunities threaten their once-certain plans, and Crystal must make a choice: follow her dreams or stay behind and honor the promise she made to her sister.

A Listical of Things:

  • The story is a brilliant showcase of a heartbreakingly realistic sisterhood.
  • There is a set of twins that want completely different things and don’t hate each other for it.
  • FAMILY! Family is everything in this book. It’s amazing.

  • The cutest child ever to grace a YA novel is an active member of the chaos.
  • The narrative is genuine, thoughtful, and unique.
  • Vivid story telling gives way to an equally vivid and impactful plot.
  • Raw, heartfelt, and honest.
  • Any one who has ever had a sibling will relate to a majority of this book in ten seconds flat.

  • You should read this simply because I said so. (It’s amazing. Seriously)



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One thought on “Speed of Life

  1. The cover is beautiful.

    However. I am always intrigued by how in fiction abortion doesn’t seem to exist yet? It’s odd to me. My weird feelings about that aside, everything you mentioned – sisterhood, wanting different things, thoughtful narrative – do sound interesting to me.


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