In this suspenseful and intriguing novel for young adults, Elena Black is a 17 year old high school student with a rough home life and plans of escape via college scholarships. She meets Chayton and despite trying to deny her attraction and interest their relationship blossoms. Then she finds out he has a connection to her darkest secret from her childhood and the knowledge pulls a thread that unravels her plans.
I read this book in one day. It’s very engrossing. I enjoyed it and had a hard time putting it down whenever I had to do other things.
The characters are well developed.I wouldn’t call them deep but this is a young adult book. They’re well enough developed for the length of the book and it’s intended audience. They’re likable and relatable. Some effort is put into making even the shitty parents somewhat sympathetic. I always appreciate when that is attempted. Shaw manages to make you feel a twinge of guilt for wanting the horrible to parents to die. Which couldn’t have been easy to do since the bulk of the book of spent showing how bad of parents they are.
It’s not perfect. It has a few clunky moments. The big reveal isn’t THAT revealing and it isn’t done in a way that is perfectly clear or satisfying BUT it doesn’t ruin the book. It’s still a fun read with a satisfying ending.
This would make a perfect summer beach read if you are the type that likes to read on the beach. I’m not much for reading outside.
It will be released on July 6th from Museitup Publishing.
*I received this book for free, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review*