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numbersbyrachelwardNumbers by Rachel Ward

Published by Chicken House

Ages: Young Adult

Pages: 336

Publishers Summary: Since her mother’s death when she was seven, fifteen-year-old Jem has kept a secret. When her eyes meet someone else’s, a number comes into her head – the date on which they will die.

Knowing that nothing can last forever, Jem avoids relationships, until she meets Spider, another outsider, and her life takes a happier turn. But on their first day-out together, waiting for a ride on the London Eye, Jem realises something terrible – everyone in the queue has the same number – and her world is about to explode.


“Jem is a girl with an unbelievable gift; one I would hope not to ever inherit. She’s also dealt with everything from a drug addict mother, witnessing her mother’s death, being tossed from home to home in the foster care system, no real friendship or love…and the list goes on. With all of those complications she also has the ability to see the very date of death for every person she looks at. And until she meets Spider she doesn’t feel she has any reason to live herself. With Spider by her side they witness yet another tragic event, and from there they set off on what should prove to be an amazing adventure. Should, being the key word.

“I have to admit, I was drawn in. Jem is a character that, though she has a foul mouth and a terrible attitude towards others, you just want to like her; care for her even. You want her to find true love and live happily ever after. You hope for all those wonderful things and more. The beginning was a wonderful start and even though the action lacked a bit toward the middle I was still drawn in by Jem and her struggles.

**Spoiler warning** (If you haven’t read the book, you may not want to read this, but I won’t give away details either way.)

“Now for the tough part…have you ever read a book that though everyone else said it was just so-so, but you just didn’t want to believe it ? This was one of those for me. I had high hopes going into this novel, even after reading numerous reviews stating that it fell a little flat. I think I even managed to get most of the way through the book still thinking that Ward would pull it off. Unfortunately, it was everything I thought it could have been and didn’t want it to be. It was one of those books that you guess the ending and you just hope beyond hope that it doesn’t really end that way. Have you ever had that happen?

“In the end, it was a fast read. Some action, although there could have been a bit more. I was a bit put off by the dates not quite coming together (this may be because of the copy I read was an advanced readers copy and hopefully this changed). And the language in the book was a bit much, but I get it, they’re teenagers from the “slums”. I will say that this was the first book in years that I cried like a big baby all the way through the last 30 pages or so. I just can’t see myself stomaching the sequel that will be out in the next year or so. It’s just a shame, because I think this book had so much potential and in the end it didn’t work for me.”

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 15/16 and up due to language and one sexual encounter.

For the comments: Ever have a book that you hoped everyone else was wrong about? Which one? And was it?

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Thank you to Around the World Tours for providing me with this review copy.
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