Review: Careful by Isobella Jade

September 21, 2012 Review 6

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Careful by Isobella Jade
July 26, 2012
292 Pages
Gamine Press

After Estella Montclair is killed in a texting and driving crash, what remains of her face and body is devastating. But not all of her has died. During the first month after her death, Estella’s spirit travels among her living friends and family. Her best friends Zara, Eva and Jett show her how pain and sorrow can break apart or strengthen a bond. She also sees for the first time that loss can spark revenge, catastrophe can come without warning, and we all have secrets. She wonders if her chance for love with Phoenix has passed her by, and if out of sight truly means out of mind. And maybe one day the girl who caused her death will admit her mistake. While adjusting to a new state of being, Estella struggles to face the limitations that come with death, but blossoms by recognizing she can still touch the lives of the people she once knew so well.

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I was expecting something a little different from Careful, but was pleasantly surprised with it .  There was a lot I could identify with in this story, and actually struck home numerous times.  Estella is sixteen when she was broadsided by another classmate who ran a red light while texting, killing Estella.  The details of the accident got to me, like remembering the song playing on the radio at the time and the charm on the rearview mirror.   When I was in a bad car accident in high school, those are two specific things I remember.

Careful was interesting, because it made me start wondering about what it would have been like if I had ended up like Estella, still able to watch my friends and family, and help put them at ease.  With Estella’s new perspective, she learned so much about the people around her – what they are really like.  At times I felt like I was getting a little bored with the book, but when I left it for awhile, I found myself needing to find out what was going to happen next.  However, it felt a little weird how Estella would watch her friends have sex.  I understand the feelings she was having while observing… concern, grief, etc., but it still felt kind of odd.

Overall, though, Careful is a good book with a lot of emotions running through it.  I recently found out that this will be a series, so I’m looking forward to seeing where everything leads to.



Isobella Jade is an author, petite model and a wizard of self-promotion. Her modeling memoir Almost 5’4″ is her personal memoir about being a shorter-than-average model in NYC, the ins and outs and highs and lows of striving to beat the odds. Her graphic novel Model Life was released in November 2009 and Short Stuff is her collection of on-the-job experiences that took place after Almost 5’4″ and includes modeling tips for shorter girls. Her most recent work is a new YA novel called Careful, the first book of the Careful, Quiet, Invisible series.

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6 Responses to “Review: Careful by Isobella Jade”

  1. Cheles Bells

    This sounds heartbreaking, but l’m definitely intrigued! I really like that cover, as well as your awesome review. Only thing I’m not too sure about is her watching her friends do the sexy times. Ermm… maybe go watch someone else for a while and come back? Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway! <3
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