Lucy Scarborough is seventeen when she learns about the curse that lies in the Scarborough women. They are doomed to give birth to a baby -always a girl- at eighteen and then go mad. Lucy knows it from her mother - she, too, went crazy shortly after Lucy’s birth. Now Lucy’s living with foster parents who love her like their own daughter.
In order to break the curse, Lucy must perform 3 seemingly impossible tasks:
She has time until her baby is born; else she’ll get crazy just like her ancestors. But Lucy is not alone: She has her loving foster parents and childhood friend Zach - or is he just a childhood friend? Could there be more?
I have to say, I'd been a bit wary about reading this book because of the plot. I was worried it would be boring.
"When you first fall in love, it’s supposed to be awful. Awful, uncertain, scary, wonderful, confusing, all at once. That’s how you know it’s real. You have to care deeply. Passionately. That hurts."
"You’re having trouble being the one who takes, instead of the one who gives. I understand that. But, Lucy, you have to learn to accept. You’ve given plenty to me in the past. So now, you get to receive. From everybody in your life. It’s all right. It’s more than all right."
"What about Frederica?" Lucy mused. "There’d be so many nicknames to choose from. Freddy. Ricky. Reka. Don’t you think it’s pretty? Frederica! It’s so unusual." "Who says unusual is good?" Zach said. "Plus, it’s too long. How about Jenny or Annie? That way, she wouldn’t have the same trouble learning to write her name as, oh, you did. You wrote the letter ‘d’ backward through half of kindergarten. Lucinba."