Fellow readers and bookworms, I have finished another book! Honestly, this is quite an accomplishment for me. I have read 3 books since the beginning of August. 🙂
I was not a huge fan of this book. It was good for what it was, but I just wasn’t too into it. If you know what I mean.
Anyway, so there’s Ryan, a junior in a new high school. Her family recently moved from Chicago to Texas. She thinks a new city, new state, new school, will keep her past hidden. Upon joining the PC (Purity Club), she hopes things will get better and she can finish out high school without anyone knowing her secret.
The story starts off with a huge altercation between Ryan and the other members of the PC. It would appear that she is no longer welcome, and the only thing she can think of is that someone found out her secret. As the members of PC were brutalizing her, a crazy, nice guy rescues her and they find there way to the hospital.
In all honestly, that is a great way to start the story because it hooks readers right off the bat. However, as the story continued, there was no depth. Sure, **spoiler** her face was ruined, but really it wasn’t the end of the world.
Then you have Justin, who is the crazy, nice guy who rescued Ryan from the PC girls. He’s a football player who has suffered a tragic loss, two or three years ago, and his family has never been the same. Grief makes you do some pretty insane things and his family is no exception. His dad has forced himself into his work, his mother has submerged herself into a black hole of depression, and he finds himself taking care of his mother, now having to be the parent. He is resentful towards both of them, full of hatred, and does not want to let anything go. It takes a truly horrible scene with his mother, to determine that he does not want to live that way anymore.
Throughout their daily lives, Ryan and Justin find time to be together and start to heal together. They fall in love, and the story itself has an HEA. While this book is YA, it touches on some pretty hard life issues; bullying, sexual assault, depression. But it barely makes a dent in the grand scheme of things. It has the potential to become huge, but with the issues aside, it’s just a cute budding romance story.
*I have received a free copy in exchange for an honest review, provided by NetGalley.