Here is how I described the plot to my roommate when I was begging her to read it —
Abby grew up in a small town in Indiana but is now an environmental lawyer in Chicago. Her newest project investigates a company headquartered in her hometown (which employs most of the town) and the possibility that they’re polluting the water supply. She’s forced to revisit her old stomping grounds and a mystery of her past.
I never had the (horrible) high school experience Abby did, but I can relate to each and every character. The characters are set up so that they see both real and larger than life.
The story pulls together small-town drama, hypocrisy, moral dilemmas, and conspiracy. You can almost feel the time crunch Ritter was under while writing this (between filming of two shows) because the story paces along quite nicely.
While I loved the book, and so have many other people you’ll see writing reviews, many people did not. I can see their arguments toward cliche and predictable, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. There are little moments here and there which feel this way, but I feel as if that is why so much of the book is relatable. Tiny glimpses about frenemies, bullies, scandal, and rumor that run rampant in any town (though I’m thankful that I never experienced these things to any degree remotely close to theirs).
I can’t go too more in depth for fear of spoiling anything for you, so I guess you’ll just need to pick up a copy of this for yourself!