These Things I've Done by Rebecca Phillips

These Things I've Done

Before: Dara and Aubrey have been inseparable since they became best friends in sixth grade. Dara is the fearless one, Aubrey the prodigy, yet despite their differences they support each other unconditionally. However, as they begin their sophomore year of high school, cracks in their friendship begin to form, testing the bond they always thought was unbreakable.After: It’...

Title:These Things I've Done
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ISBN:0062570900
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:352 pages

These Things I've Done Reviews

  • Julia Ember

    I went into this expecting it to be a tearjerker and I was kind of prepared for it -- or so I thought. GUYS I CRIED SO MUCH. I cried from sadness, from happiness, from an absolute avalanche of feelings.

    This is a quiet book that focuses on grief and all its stages. I am not usually a big fan of quiet contemporary YA but this was beautifully written, haunting book. I felt so much for Dara and Ethan, each trying to process guilt and grief in different ways.

  • Sarah

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

    This was a YA contemporary story about a girl whose best friend died a year earlier.

    Dara was an interesting character and it was clear how much Aubrey’s death had affected her. It was brave o

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

    This was a YA contemporary story about a girl whose best friend died a year earlier.

    Dara was an interesting character and it was clear how much Aubrey’s death had affected her. It was brave of her to go back to her old school and to face all the people who had labelled her a murderer though.

    The storyline in this was split between the present day, and Dara’s Sophomore year in the weeks leading up to the accident. It was interesting to see what had happened then and what was happening now in tandem, and I was also waiting to learn exactly what had happened between Dara and Aubrey before the accident, and why people were calling Dara a murderer. We also got some romance in this, although that was also tainted by what Dara thought Aubrey would have thought to the relationship.

    The ending to this was pretty good, and this was an enjoyable read overall.

    7 out of 10

  • Danielle

    I wanted an emotional read, and I got it!

    is a beautifully powerful story of forgiveness- forgiveness for yourself and for things you can’t undo. Wracked with the guilt she feels after her best friend Aubrey’s death, Dara Shepard returns home to confront her memories and her remorse. But, Dara begins spending time with Ethan, Aubrey’s brother, and

    I wanted an emotional read, and I got it!

    is a beautifully powerful story of forgiveness- forgiveness for yourself and for things you can’t undo. Wracked with the guilt she feels after her best friend Aubrey’s death, Dara Shepard returns home to confront her memories and her remorse. But, Dara begins spending time with Ethan, Aubrey’s brother, and starts to feel guilty for an entirely different reason. As Ethan and Dara grow closer, Dara worries she’d betraying her friend as she finally begins to heal.

    This is such an

    novel. You feel Dara’s overwhelming melancholy at the beginning of the story. She’s still coming to terms with her guilt and pain. There’s a sorrowful resignation that really breaks your heart.

    The

    to sophomore year were really perfect. They allowed us to see Dara as a fearless girl unable to turn down a dare, so it’s all the more devastating where she is now. It also helped

    . They are the best of best friends, supportive, caring, goofy. You become invested in their relationship so you care about Dara’s emotional journey.

    is one of the nicest people ever. He’s so kind-hearted and just this effervescent ray of light that you want him to be happy. And

    - they talk to each other. It was so nice to see them be so open, and even when they’re scared or it’s hard, they support each other.

    I really liked

    . After Dara comes back the dynamic is off, but they only want what’s best for her. She has some fantastic moments with her brother, Tobias, in the second half that I loved, and a moving conversation with her dad that made me a little misty eyed.

    I would have liked to see how

    of Aubrey’s death. It is referenced a couple times, but I would have liked to be with her when she was going through those chaotic and confusing emotions.

    Wanting more from the story isn’t that strong of a negative, but it’s all I got. This story was so easy to become invested in - Dara’s emotions are so tangible that it really feels like you’re on this journey with her. This was a fantastic story of guilt, forgiveness, and acceptance that tugs at your heartstrings.

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