Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.
After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen-year-old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.
While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight — getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.
An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first — losing her virginity — their friendship gets complicated.
Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose — each other.
You know when you’re not sure what to expect of a book, but it’s knocks you over when you love it so damn much? This happened to me with this book. I didn’t know what to expect and I absolutely loved it. I didn’t want it to end!
This book started out with a bang, and gripped me right from the very beginning. I mean, it starts with a robbery, death, violence. And wow. It’s raw. I loved it. And incredible it kept the same rawness throughout the whole book, which I really really liked. The writing was fantastic. This was my second book by this author, but I liked this one better, no question.
One of my favorite things about this book was Edie. I loved her. She’s one of my favorite female characters EVER. And I loved that the book was exclusively told through her POV. Yeah, she had her insecurities, but she was strong and determined, and I loved that she didn’t let her weight get in her way. She had her issues, but she pushed forward in live… about everything, and I love her.
I really liked John too, I loved the way the events impacted him and his way of thinking, and how he decided that he wanted more of life that where he was going towards. He made a change and fought for it.
I really liked the secondary characters too, even Edie’s mom, even if she got on my nerves for a bit there, eheh. Hang and Anders were awesome though, and I kind of want at least a novella about them. I loved how supportive they were of their friends, and how they knew exactly what each of them needed in their hard times.
The connection between John and Edie was wonderful, it went from a kinship, to a friendship, to something definitly more. It progressed slowly, it made sense, and there was no true confusion about feelings. They reacted their ages, a little insecure and a lot messed up, but their feelings were clear and sweet, and I loved their relationship.
My only issue with this book was that I felt the ending was a bit rushed. I could have used a couple more chapter between the last one and the epilogue, because I felt like the events of those chapters warranted a little more depth and development.
But overall, I loved the writing and the characters and the storyline and plot. This was one of my favorite books of this year so far. I just loved it! And I recommend it… A LOT!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/