A writer friend talked to me about making characters likable, this author succeeds. I didn't expect to enjoy this book when I found out it was one more story of a teen not being believed by authorities and therefore taking on the solving of a mystery on her own with great risk to herself. I expected another egotistical brat. Sophie is not that. Sophie is very vulnerable, very likeable and does seek help and support when she trusts enough to do so.
Sophie and her friend Mina are on their way to a party when they take a side trip, something about a story Mina is researching for a paper. It ends badly, Mina is shot to death and Sophie is injured. Sophie and Mina have been close friends since 2nd grade. There relationship has grown to more than mere best friends, they love each other. Sophie has to solve the mystery of Mina's death, she has to make sure the murderer is caught and punished. It is a long winding, very plausible, very interesting path to the solution. The fact that Sophie was framed for the murder and folks initially did not believe her adds to the hardships she encounters. There is much forgiving needed on the way to the solution.
Its no secret to the reader that Sophie and Mina have have a gay relationship, nor is it a secret that Sophie must deal with relentless physical pain every day the result of a serious car accident many years early. This makes this book a good choice for diversity lists.