Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Sky Pony Press/Skyhorse Publishing
Genre: Mature Young Adult Contemporary
One conversation is all it takes to break a world wide open. Seventeen-year-old Macy Lyons has been through something no one should ever have to experience. And she’s dealt with it entirely alone.
On the outside, she’s got it pretty good. Her family’s well-off, she’s dating the cute boy next door, she has plenty of friends, and although she long ago wrote her mother off as a superficial gym rat, she’s thankful to have allies in her loving, laid-back dad and her younger brother.
But a conversation with a boy at a party one night shakes Macy out of the carefully maintained complacency that has defined her life so far. The boy is Sebastian Ruiz, a recovering addict who recognizes that Macy is hardened by dark secrets. And as Macy falls for Sebastian, she realizes that, while revealing her secret could ruin her seemingly perfect family, keeping silent might just destroy her.
This book took me a little by surprise. First of all, I liked the main character, Macy, very much, despite the fact that she appeared to be a tad difficult with her mother. But much later in the story, you find out why. I'm getting ahead of myself though.
I thought this was going to be a somewhat serious but cute book, but as soon as I met Sebastian, I realized this wasn't going to be quite what I was expecting. As the story progressed though, I was great with that, because it ended up being so much more, and having so much more depth than what I thought it would have. Sebastian was a great character, one with real flaws, real fears, real problems, and watching him struggle through those things made me like him so much as a character.
Sebastian's issues served two purposes for me as I read this book. First, it allowed me to get to know Macy really well. No, I meant to say that. His issues are what cause Macy's true spirit to emerge, Second, it brought things out of her that the reader had no idea were there. It uncovered an event you never suspected she'd been through. Watching her work through these things was heartbreaking, because she had to be convinced of what I, the reader, already knew.
The story itself was wonderfully written, and the sensitive issues portrayed in the story were handled so well. I thought the author did an amazing job juggling these things and treating them with the sensitivity they deserved. It was a skillful bit of writing that Macy's character came across so well, despite the fact that she does things without knowing why she does them because she has yet to admit, even to herself, what would cause her to act the way she does.
Again, amazing writing, a truly sensitive, poignant story, with a sweet but serious romance. Great book.
About the Author
Natasha Sinel is a writer of young adult fiction. She graduated from Yale University with a BA in English and from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business with an MBA. Before beginning her career as an author, she was director of business development at Showtime Networks. Born and raised in Washington, DC, she now lives in northern Westchester, New York, with her husband and three sons.
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