First Lines: The last day I was fully human started off like any other April Monday in East Texas. Oh, sure, there were all kinds of warning signs that my entire world was about to come crashing down around me. But I didn’t recognize them until it was too late.
I actually forgot this was on my to-read list. I mean, I knew the cover once I saw it, but I forgot I had wanted to read it. I found it on my library Kindle loan site as I flipped through to find something to read. It sounded interesting, so I picked it.
Savannah was a normal kid growing up. She had best friends, but then one day those best friends all turned against her. On the same day. For no apparent reason. But she tried to bounce back, ignoring how her best friends turned into her biggest bullies. Well, all of them except Tristan Coleman. There’s just something about him…something that Savannah can’t stay away from, no matter how many times she’s warned. And Tristan, well, he feels the same. So what happens when it turns out there’s a very good reason for them to be kept apart?
Ok, so I was totally into the first 10% of the book or so. Like, nearly obsessive. I did not want to put it down for any reason. I was that absorbed into it. It was awesome. And then I found the major plot point that this was all leading toward and I felt like I’d hit a wall. My inner monologue went something like, “Ah crap. It’s another one of those books.” So yeah. I wasn’t exactly thrilled, but I kept with it because I have a really hard time leaving books unfinished. And also, it was still a pretty good read.
The story is told between Savannah and Tristan’s perspectives. Which is totally fine. But I wish the first couple of times, this had been denoted better. The first time it flipped, I had no idea. It wasn’t until I got a little ways through it I went, “Now hold on. Why is she suddenly seeing herself as though she’s a different person?” That’s when I realized that the italic name Tristan was meant to be a heading, not her reaction to him coming down the hall. And really, anyone could have missed that. I had no idea we were flipping perspectives at all, let alone right there.
One of my favorite things about this story was the timeline because you see, there actually was one. Whereas many stories will take place in as short a time as a few hours or a couple of days (sometimes including a romance of undying love that managed to “mature” in this short timeframe), this story actually took place over about a year or slightly more. Which I liked because it felt more realistic. Yes, there are times I complain about the longer timeframe, but that’s because they use it in a way that doesn’t make sense to me. This one does.
As for Savannah and Tristan, I liked them. There were other characters who were interesting as well, but these two were probably the best. Reflecting back on it now, I don’t really think I necessarily liked or connected with them for a while. But now that I’ve finished the book, I really do want to see where the series goes from here.
And even though I wasn’t a fan of the plot twist in the beginning, I certainly warmed up to it. I really liked it by the end.
Overall, it was a pretty good read. It flows well and I felt like it could plausibly happen.