My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Took my breath away!
I was initially a bit hesitant to read a book majorly focused on abuse; a subject such as this normally leaves me with an uneasy feeling. But the way Ms. Perry flawlessly tackles this delicate subject—using a soft touch to convey a firm message, left me in awe!
The story begins at the birth of the abuse and progresses from there. Shawn was Ronnie’s childhood love; her destiny, and she couldn’t imagine life without him. As Shawn’s behavior becomes threatening, Ronnie starts to see herself as the cause of his abusive behavior rather than a victim of it. Throughout this all, her amazing (and gorgeous) best friend Luke stands by her. But as the line of friendship between them starts to blur, her internal struggle further intensifies…
This book does an outstanding job demonstrating how easily one can fall victim to abuse. It also conveys the importance of getting out and not regarding such behavior as “normal”. There are no gory details or in-depth accounts, but the message is strong and clear enough that I felt as if I were the one holding my breath at times.
I would absolutely recommend this book to Young Adult readers of all ages, but especially teens. The story takes place in high school, and is a fairly clean read. Although the main focus settles on escaping an unhealthy situation, I really enjoyed the tender love story between life-long friends, as well. Original read!
▪ Genre/Category: Young Adult
▪ Steam Caliber: Clean
▪ Romance: Friends-first connection.
▪ Characters: In high school. Abusive hero. Broken and confused heroine.
▪ Plot: A young girl’s struggle with an abusive relationship. *Mildly graphic scenarios*
▪ Writing: Authentic and engaging. Fluid and graceful.
▪ POV: 1st Person: Heroine
▪ Cliffhanger: None/Standalone