One word that I’ve read over and over from others that have read Interim is brilliant. Now that I’ve finished, I can say with absolute certainty, that one word can sum it all up. The characters. The storyline. The feelings it will evoke. It’s all pure brilliance. I’m betting at this point, you’ve read the synopsis. You’re scratching, or maybe shaking, your head, thinking this book is all horror and grief. It’s not. It’s a lot of things, but it’s not necessarily that. It’s a war on emotions. It’s good versus evil. It’s love versus hate. It’s right versus wrong. And when you turn that last page, you’ll feel exactly what she wanted you to feel. She nails it in that aspect. Hell, who am I kidding? She nails it on every single aspect of this story. You’ll feel hatred, frustration, heartbreak, shock, and somewhere in that crazy mix, you’ll feel the romantic connection between two lost characters.
There are two specific points I want to point out. The first being, think outside of the box with this one. Go into it knowing that it’s not your generic book that you probably have a thousand of on your Kindle. It’s what S. Walden does best. Not only does she push the boundaries, she shatters them. So yes, it is different. Yes, it’s a bit intimidating when considering what you might think this book is about. Try it. Do it. You won’t regret it, and you will be very pleasantly surprised. It’s not as it might appear. Mostly. The other point is that she tackles the subject matter in a realistic way and doesn’t coddle you, as a reader. You’ll face it head on, and I love that she forces that. She handles bullying, abuse, and well…I’ll just say it, school shootings with care. It sounds crazy, but it just worked so well.
There were also small things I really loved. The side characters were as well developed and believable as the two main characters, whether you love or hate them. So many different relationships were written so perfectly - the relationship between Regan and her sister, Jeremy and Roy, or Regan and her parents. She somehow made me hurt and feel for certain characters that I despised throughout much of the book. To me, that’s the sign of a truly talented author. An author that makes you love the enemy.
Overall, after all of those words, I still don’t really know how to describe how I feel. I’m amazed that she took a plot such as this and turned it into something beautiful. I just said to Summer, “my insides are like goo” when she said to write what I feel. Not helpful huh? If you’ve had that gooey feeling before, you’ll get it. It’s almost like an overload on emotions. I’ve laughed, cried, gasped, swooned, and felt my heart race while reading Interim, and I have no doubt you’ll feel the same. Seriously. Think outside the box with this one.