Oct 4, 2013
Chloe didn’t think about it much when she nodded off in study hall on that sleepy summer day. But when she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can’t remember the last six months of her life. Before, she’d been a mediocre student. Now, she’s on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he’s her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won’t speak to her.
What happened to her?
And why can’t she remember?
We’ve all fallen asleep in a class. It’s one of the requirements of being a student, if you really think about it. So when Chloe puts her head down and falls asleep in study hall, she didn’t really expect too much to change (other than her stress levels and procrastination skills). But when she wakes up and the infamous juvenile criminal Adam is speeding towards her with a face full of worry and concern, she knows something is up. It’s been six months since she fell asleep. And she doesn’t remember anything. Things get even weirder for Chloe. Her GPA is skyrocketing. She’s popular. She’s dating the boy that she’s had a crush on for years. But her best friend Maggie, the one person that she would do anything for, is acting as though Chloe doesn’t exist.
While Chloe should be ecstatic for the sudden improvement in her academic and social life, she finds herself disgusted at the mere thought of touching her boyfriend. Her curiosity and determination to find out what happened to her sends her back to her one-on-one meetings with her psychologist, searching for a girl who has moved away months ago, and right into the arms of Adam. With Blake watching her every move, her best friend staying distant, and Adam keeping secrets of his own, Chloe will have to somehow figure out what happened to her memory… and if it involves something bigger, more dangerous than anything she could have ever imagined when she fell asleep in that study hall.
Six Months Later ended up being very different than I thought it would be. But it was still really, really good and entertaining to read. Amnesia is something that has been approached over and over again in literature, but Natalie Richards does a good job of separating Six Months Later from the others just by the turnout of events. I really enjoyed her characters. While there were moments that I found myself irritated at Chloe, it was never for long because she maintained her determination and courage throughout the story. I could only imagine how scary it would be to wake up with six months of your memory missing. I thought she handled it great. Adam was fantastic. While his bad boy vibe lasted basically 0.00005 seconds, I must preferred the sweet yet tortured and broken boy that Chloe has this explainable attachment to. I really enjoyed most of the minor characters in the story. I found myself doubting many of them as Chloe’s story unraveled and it was interesting to see their reactions to the sometimes-apparent gaps in Chloe’s memory.
The plot was so unique. Just when you thought that you had the story figured out, Natalie Richards completely twists it and surprises you. I now recognize the significant of certain lines and quotations that seemed irrelevant, and I love that the author was able to create subtle hints in that way. I liked that the romance wasn’t over-the-edge, it added onto Chloe’s story and didn’t diminish it in any way or lessen the importance of the plot.
I will definitely be looking out for future works by the author, as I was so utterly pleased with this one. Natalie D. Richards has created a very unique and addicting read in Six Months Later, and I definitely recommend readers of young adult, mystery, and thriller (with a dash of romance) novels to check it out!