This was better than I was expecting. Jill is a relatable character, even if she comes from a more well to-do family – her parents divorced and she lives with her mom.
Italy was meant to be Jill’s trip, her experience. But her best friend Simone ends up getting accepted into the program as well, and on the trip, the two are involved in car wreck that results in Simone’s death. Jill loses her memory, waking up six weeks later back in the US in hospital, only to find out she’s wanted by Italian police for the murder of her best friend.
The book was a quick read and I found it really interesting in some ways, like how it shines a light on the media, social media and how the public reacts to these sorts of cases, often without ever having the full information. Even the police don’t have all the info. But then the same social media condemning Jill turns around with offering a way of getting information out there to sway public opinion.
There were some things that bugged me, but they were so minor they don’t merit mention. This is a solid YA thriller (maybe more NA?), and if you like these sorts of stories, this is one I’d definitely pick up.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who thought of Amanda Knox while reading as well.