Abbey loves her life in Sleepy Hollow until something happens to her best friend Kristen. One day she vanishes from their spot by the bridge close to the cemetery. Abbey refuses to believe that she's dead, even throughout the funeral.
It's hard moving on without her BFF. School drags on. Life drags on. It all seems meaningless without Kristen. She wanders towards the cemetery again - the place where they used to hang out.
There, Abbey meets a boy. He's mysterious, hard to read, very cute, and they can talk for hours. She finds herself waiting until they meet again.
She's beginning to feel alive again, beginning to live through the pain. Abbey finally visits her friend's grave. She talks to the grave as she's talking to her BFF - as they once talked to Washington Irving. Abbey can't think of anything to reach out to her friend - she decides to make Kristen her signature perfume.
Working on the project makes her feel closer to her BFF until she uncovers a secret diary. As she reads about the secret her BFF was hiding from her, she begins to question their relationship. She grieves again.
Abbey turns to Caspian, the new boy, for comfort. Is he everything she hopes? Can she rely on him? She shares her hopes and dreams for the future with him, but he's still very vague and mysterious. Is there something he's not sharing?
My Thoughts: I really loved the bits about making the perfume. I loved untangling the relationships between the characters and discovering their secrets. I grieved along with Abbey - she goes through so much emotionally that it was hard not to be draw in.
The Cover: I LOVE this cover - the necklace ties in with the book and the dark background reiterates the tone of the book. I'm not a fan of the hardcover look.
Source: My Library
Fun Fact: Jessica Verday is part of the Ghost and Graves Tour coming to Otis Library! Including fabulous door prizes along with Ghost and Grave cookies. I can't wait to meet her.