Hickville Confessions (Mary Karlik)


New town. New look. New beginning. High school junior Ryan Quinn has a past. She will do just about anything to keep it hidden, even if means joining the ultra-conservative, no fun allowed, Purity Club. But secrets are hard to keep in a small town and when the Purity Club girls discover the truth, they viciously attack Ryan.

Justin is the kind of guy who can make Ryan forget her vow to change. He’s the kind of guy she should avoid at all costs. But he knows her soul secrets. He understands her and it is torture when she is away from him. But as she deals with the outward scars on her face and the inward shame of her past and Justin’s home life continues to spiral out of control, their relationship becomes as convoluted as their home life. Will they find the courage to open their hearts to each other in spite of their family drama?

I’ve had this ARC sitting on my kindle for months! MONTHS! But as April came to an end, I thought it was the perfect timing to finally get to it. I wasn’t expecting this book to deal with such serious and deeps subjects, but I’m glad it did.

The writing was OK, but I felt that it was a bit repetitive, and this lead me to appreciate it a bit less. I really liked the themes in this book though, it deals with important and difficult subjects, such as dating violence, rape, bullying, PTSD, depression, suicide, …, but ultimately not all the subjects were handled well, and neither was tackled full on – because if you have so many hard subjects, it’s almost impossible to do them all properly.

I did like both main characters, and that made the book enjoyable. Ryan was such a strong young girl, I really appreciated how she managed to keep strong, facing those who had done such a vile thing to her, as well as trying to help other people not to go through what she did. Justin was such a great character too, I think his side of the “drama” was better done, and my heart broke for him, when he trying to deal with his anger issues, while trying to be there for his mother and Ryan.

The character development is great, especially for Justin, but I think that everything was wrapped up quite fast and super nicely, when the subjects begged for a messier ending, because those kind of problems don’t fade that fast. The romance was a bit fast for my liking, but I really liked the support and care that they brought into each other’s lives.

In the end, it was an enjoyable read, but it didn’t leave super curious to read the rest of the series.

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