Review: So Shelly
Title: So Shelly
Genre: Young Adult-Contemporary
Author: Ty Roth
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Release Date: February 8, 2011
After stealing Shelly’s ashes from her wake at Trinity Catholic High School, the boys set a course for the small Lake Erie island where Shelly’s body had washed ashore and to where she wished to be returned. It would be one last “so Shelly” romantic quest. At least that’s what they think. As they navigate around the obstacles and resist temptations during their odyssey, Keats and Gordon glue together the shattered pieces of Shelly’s and their own pasts while attempting to make sense of her tragic and premature end.”
This book would make one heck of a life time movie. It was written beautifully. The characters were well describe and the plot… well the plot is not only graphic but destructive. It was a type of plot that pulls you in drowning you in the characters life and sorrows. I will do my best to write this review without revealing any spoilers. Bare with me, cause this is the first time I found myself loss for words.
I enjoyed this book even though for me was hard to read. I found myself shaking my head a lot wondering why on earth were they doing what they were doing. Shelly. Poor Shelly. I love her character. Shelly is a girl who puts up with anything. Her emotions show clearly in her actions. Shelly did what she had to do to keep Gordon in her life. Either he was at a distance or next to her. They had what I call a very destructive relationship. One they were tied down to and could not let go.
Gordon, was a well written beautifully describe character. I can understand the way that he is because of what he went through, but I can’t help but dislike him for what he did. He is selfish and will never learn.
John is the third wheel caught in the middle between all this drama. I like how he didn’t take sides and saw everything for what it is. Now, how this guy ever learn love from watching this relationship is beyond me. I think, he learned more about love from seeing its opportunity that is lost. Love that was never given a chance because of selfish people not letting go and seeing the good that was always in front of them.
This book overall is great. I loved reading it. It does have some very graphic things in it. There was drugs, sex, incest, suscide, and every kind of hurt you ever felt. Good book.
I give it 4 BITES!