Friday, July 17, 2015

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Naked by Stacey Trombley

Entangled Teen has quickly become one of my favorite YA publishers, and I am so honored to be taking part in the Blog Tour and Giveaway for Stacey Trombley's Naked.  Check out the exciting book, author and giveaway details below!

Naked by Stacey Trombley
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Mature Young Adult Contemporary

The best place to hide is in a lie…  I could never fit in to the life my parents demanded. By the time I was thirteen, it was too much. I ran away to New York City…and found a nightmare that lasted three years. A nightmare that began and ended with a pimp named Luis. Now I am Dirty Anna. Broken, like everything inside me has gone bad.

Except that for the first time, I have a chance to start over. Not just with my parents but at school. Still, the rumors follow me everywhere. Down the hall. In classes. And the only hope I can see is in the wide, brightly lit smile of Jackson, the boy next door. So I lie to him. I lie to protect him from my past. I lie so that I don’t have to be The Girl Who Went Bad.  The only problem is that someone in my school knows about New York. Someone knows who I really am. And it’s just a matter of time before the real Anna is exposed…

I wasn't exactly sure what to expect by Stacey Trombley's Naked.  I knew it would be more of a serious book, but I didn't realize how much it would capture me.  This story is one of those that will grab you by the throat and take your breath away.  If you're looking for a lighthearted read, this book isn't for you.  This is a darker story, with darker and more mature themes, and a lot of the time, that type of story really smothers me.  The author handled these situations so well, however, that the book didn't come across as too heavy and depressing.

The characters are interesting and complex.  Anna has been through something that no girl at 13 should have to endure, and has spent three years living a life that no teen should be subjected to.  Now she's back, and struggling to start up a new life, back with her parents, who had been the reason she ran away in the first place.  I loved the conflict here, and the fact that there are some surprises waiting for her at home that she didn't expect.

I also loved Jackson.  For a love interest, Jackson was great because he was a friend first.  There is an innocence and sweetness about him that is exactly what Anna needs right now. For a girl who has no innocence left, for her to be around someone like Jackson is like getting a big dose of hope and innocence back into her life that she might not have gotten otherwise.  He is a light in her life, and I think the author picked the perfect person to give her as an escape from what she's been through.

But everything isn't perfect, of course.  There are rumors at school, ones that hit really close to home. There's also someone leaving her notes who knows exactly who she is.  And although worried, I love the fact that she's no shrinking violet. Where she came from has taught her to be tough and strong. Watching her learn to balance that hard girl she was with the more innocent one she wants to be was alternately sad and gratifying.

The author did a fantastic job working with a very heavy topic. It's about rediscovering yourself after tragedy, and learning to forgive yourself.  It was touching and raw and poignant. Fantastic read.

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About the Author

Stacey Trombley lives in Ohio with her husband and the sweetest Rottweiler you’ll ever meet. She
thinks people are fascinating and any chance she has, she’s off doing or learning something new. She went on her first mission trip to Haiti at age twelve and is still dying to go back. Her “places to travel” list is almost as long as her “books to read” list.

She wants to bring something new to the world through her writing, but just giving a little piece of herself is more than enough.

Keep a look out for her debut novel NAKED, coming from Entangled Teen in 2015.

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