Title: Made for You
Author: Melissa Marr
Date Started: January 30
Date Finished: February 2
Format: Hardcover from my local library
Eva Tilling’s story begins on the night of a party where she watches her longtime crush Nate walk down the hall to the bedrooms with another girl. She spends the rest of the party with her boyfriend trying not to think about him. The next day she’s walking home alone right as night is falling when someone runs her over with a car. She wakes up in the hospital with a broken leg and multiple scratches on her face. And the added ability to see people’s deaths when they touch her.
Considering Eva has this new ability she reacts rather calmly and just thinks its part of her recovery. While in the hospital, she’s shocked to see Nate there and the two – whose friendship has been on the outs since middle school – reconnect. So much so that when she’s sent home, her mother hires him to take care of her. But things are getting weird. Another girl in their class is found dead and the police believe the two cases are connected. But why did the killer leave Eva alive?
The reason Made for You’s summary is so brief is because I’m trying not to give too much away. This story has many layers to it, and I loved the fact that it took place over a 15 day time span. Eva is stubborn and headstrong, her only fault is she puts too much stock into her looks. She’s really disappointed when she wakes up from the accident and sees all the scratches on her face. She gets even so over dramatic to claim – “The day of the accident was the last day I was pretty (22).” She still believes it even when Nate – her crush who is awesome – tells her many, many times that she is the most beautiful girl in the world.
Grace – Eva’s best friend – is actually a cool character. She’s different from the other friends that Eva surrounds herself with, but not in a bad way. She speaks what’s on her mind even if the opinion isn’t something that the others want to hear, and as the book continues on you get really happy about that. Eva needs a person to tell it like it is. Made for You also takes a page out of The Body Finder’s playbook and gives you chapters in the ‘killer/stalker’s’ POV. It’s a mystery of who this guy is until Marr drops enough hints that if you don’t get it by the time his name is revealed, you have no business reading mystery fiction. The killer chapters are actually really disgusting and I’m still trying to figure out what it was about Eva that made him believe that she was made for him and that they were destined to be together. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Good and intense read. The beginning is a little slow and it isn’t really until Nate and Eva talk at the hospital that things seem to pick up. The conclusion was amazing and I also liked the evolution of the family dynamics.
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