Firstly, wow. Not only did I love this book, but I loved it from the very get go. Which is more than I can say for many of the books I have read.
Not the genre I usually go for, but one of the best books I have read in a long time. Almost immediately I was drawn in as it was something I could relate to. By the time a certain mysterious newcomer came on the scene I was absolutely hooked. The characters were all so fleshed out, and Hailey in particular was highly relatable, highly likeable and someone who you found yourself cheering for. The relationships between her and the other characters had such depth, particularly with her best friend and not to mention this mysterious newcomer. This wasn't the usual wishy-washy romance. It was real, and hit the protagonist with some very hard decisions and scary situations.
The writing style read really well, and I found myself focusing more on story than technicalities. A good thing, as I'm only usually drawn to the writing itself when there is a break in the flow or a serious spelling or grammar mistake. I did not find my focus drawn to the writing even once, which is excellent.
Once I started reading this novel I really couldn't put it down. There was just no where to stop. There were no boring lulls, no uninteresting characters and so I just couldn't help but keep going. This story got me on a personal level, and I found myself compelled to read. You really did well to put yourself in the shoes of a 22 year old college graduate, and as well as a vast array of other characters. Additionally, you dealt with every situation, whether it was a casual day at work or something more sinister, with -what seems like- researched precision.
As I said before, it is not my genre of choice, so the chances of me picking it up from the book store would be little to none. However, that would be a giant mistake on my part. After having read it, I would definitely have sought this book out just for the value of rereading it. I am the type who does like to revisit some of my favourite books every once and a while and Convalescent would certainly be on that list.
This is my first ever critique, so forgive me if I skipped some critical details. This is my personal opinion on the piece, and though others may see things differently, I thought that it was put together well, intricately thought out and never waned in it's level of intrigue. I enjoyed it immensely.