Atonement - Ian McEwan

Few books have affected my emotions as this one did. Mix together a thirteen girl possessed with an overactive imagination and a flair for the dramatic, who has a secret crush on a young man who she witnesses in an embrace with her sister, the social class system of the early 20th century and a manipulative cousin and you have the recipe for disaster. The pacing of this book is slow at the beginning but as the background is painted it speeds up to its inevitable and overwhelming conclusion. I loved this book!