Some truths can leave you breathless…
Two years ago Ree Coleman’s life imploded, when her life was taken away from her. Now Ree is a “living dead girl”, trying to survive each day, when it’s just a struggle to breathe.
After the unexpected death of her father, Ree and her family lose everything. As they are forced to leave the rich Upper East Side, they find themselves living in the slums of Bronx. Ree must figure out ways for her family to get by, and she tries to accept her father’s death. However, his death prompts many questions, including what really happened to him.
Meanwhile she meets Logan Marquez, a boy with a dangerous reputation. Knowing that boys are dangerous, Ree tries to stay away from him, but Logan insists on trying to earn her trust and friendship.
Soon, dark and dangerous secrets are revealed, and one explosive secret will shatter both their worlds.
WOW, yes that is the first word that comes to mind while I try to write this review. Rarely do I find a book that twist my emotions and my heart like this one did. This is a MUST read but I must warn you and please pay close attention.
IF YOU ARE TRIGGERED BY RAPE, ABUSE, SUICIDE AND VIOLENCE THEN PLEASE READ THIS WITH CAUTION. EVEN IF YOU HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED ANY OF THAT IN YOUR LIFE, THIS BOOK WILL CAUSE STRONG EMOTIONS IN YOU.
There are some excerpts in this book that I just have to share, because it is the core of the story for me and my words could never do it justice.
“Life is like the wind, Ree. It can be stormy, rough, cold, and full of rage, but also soft caring, and warm. As long as you do not hold it, it can be everything. But if you take your life in your hands, you can control it.”
“Scars are the threads of our memories, Ree. You cannot forget your scars, or you’ll forget your memories.” “But I want to forget, ” I said. “I want to forget everything. It hurts too much. They leave me breathless.”
“You’ll never forget, Ree. All the scars, all the memories will be forever in your life. You can’t escape or forget them. Otherwise, you’ll forget yourself.”
“You are not ugly,” Logan says. “You have to let go of your pain, your anger, and your hate. You have to free yourself from Psycho.”
This was one of the most amazing books I have ever read. For such a young author she has knocked this out of the ball park. The characters of Ree and Logan were developed so well, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I found myself holding my breath as I read because of the intensity to the story. There were twists and turns and kept the story going and the heart-break was heavy as I watched Ree trying to overcome her past and find the pieces to her future.
Logan was a man who had his own skeletons and baggage but he was the one who taught Ree how to trust and love again. He took the pieces of her fragmented life and helped her put it back together. This was a story of human strength and courage. Rose let us readers see the evil and ugly that this world has to offer, but she also gave us a clear example of what determination and love can overcome.
I continued to be amazed as the next piece of Ree’s life was exposed and she was confronted with another lie that she had been told growing up. Her hero was exposed as a monster who destroyed lives, her family who was supposed to love her didn’t and put her in danger, strangers who didn’t know her constructed a new family for her and offered help. Friends who had been there for life became family in more ways than one. Relationships were formed not knowing that their paths had crossed years ago and not always in best ways. Can Ree and Logan survive this once all the secrets were out?
I tried to find the one thing that touched me the most in this story, but I can’t narrow it down to just one. There is the example of human strength to carry on no matter what, HOPE was strong even in the darkest moments. I admired the journey she took to trust herself and others again, she had a dedication to those she loved, even when she found out she had been lied to. Our scars both on the inside and outside shouldn’t be a cause of shame. It is a badge of courage and strength that we survived. We need to find pride in our scars, they show the world that we are strong and courageous people. The author showed us that strangers can become family. They can love you and care for you better than your own blood line in some cases. It is up to us if we allow them to become our family. The only other option is to hold on to the hope that things will change and our dreams will be granted with a dysfunctional family that we were born with. We saw the importance of letting go. Moving from our past, and not accepting the blame for what others do to hurt us. Bad people make bad choices. Most of the time those bad choices damage good people like Ree. There is a difference. Victims are NOT to be blamed for choices of bad people. This is not only what Logan had to convince Ree of, but he had to accept it himself. But maybe the biggest fact that the author showed us was we don’t have to become like those who hurt us. Ree was faced with the decision to become like her abuser or to be the person she was meant to be. We all have choices in life and Logan and Ree had to make some tough ones.
I strongly recommend this book, it is powerful, intense, insightful, amazing………..I could go on but you get the idea. I will certainly be reading more of her books. She is an amazing author with maturity in her writing style that I am in awe of.
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