By: R.S. Grey
I thought I’d left Blackwater, Texas behind for good. I didn’t belong in the small town, but my dad wouldn’t listen. He dragged me back home in his beat-up truck and dropped a bomb along the way: Chase Matthews was moving in with us. He was the golden boy of my high school, my former best friend, and the last person I wanted sleeping across the hall. His presence was too great a reminder of the ghosts I was trying to forget.
I didn’t ask for a hero. I don’t want to be saved.
To me, Lilah Calloway meant late nights sneakin’ out, moonlit hair, and sparklers in July. She was my best friend until the day she left and I’d assumed Blackwater had seen the last of her. Then, like a tempest, she rolled back into town for the final half of senior year. The chopped hair and dark devil-may-care attitude warned most people away, but I knew if I fought hard enough, I could find the lost girl.
I didn’t want to be her hero. Some girls don’t need to be saved.
Elaine – Lilah’s mother
Hannah – Chase’s mother
Right from the start of this book I was hooked. The prologue of the book started out interesting and left me wondering what was going to happen.
“I love secrets and I’m good at finding them. For the last two years, I’ve sat and waited and watched. I’ve learned to collect secrets, one by one, because secrets are flames and no place deserves to burn more that my small town.”
I loved this book’s characters, they were damaged and had to find a way to stay afloat in their hurricane of a life.
Lilah, one of the main characters and one of the book’s point of views, has had a rough life. Her mother left her and her dad when she was seven years old because she would rather live a life filled with booze, drugs, and parties. Lilah’s mother does some terrible things that leave Lilah broken and with one question, why? Now with Lilah’s life changing and her ex-best friend moving in with her and her dad, her past tries to break down the walls she has built up. Lilah is a stubborn character who wants things to be her way.
“To me, Lilah meant late nights sneakin’ out, moonlit hair, and sparklers in July. She’d been the brightest part of my childhood and now she was evading me at all costs.”
Chase has been dealt the same hand Lilah has been dealt, crap cards. He’s hurt and damaged desperately trying to pick up the pieces of his life, while at the same time trying to pull Lilah back from the dark path she’s on. Chase is a character you can easily fall in love with. The quote from Chase that broke my heart the most was when he was talking to Lilah,
“That night didn’t just happen the way it did because of your mom’s need for salvation. It was just as much a result of my mom’s need to be her savior.”
With this part in the book, I had tears. It was such an emotional section in the book. R.S. Grey did a very good job with the emotion within this book.
I loved this book. Parts of the book had me sad and in tears, others had me frustrated, and some parts made me really happy. I love R.S. Grey’s writing, she is one of my favorite authors. She gives her characters so much depth and she writes her stories so that you feel a mixture of emotions. R.S. Grey wrote this book with three points of views: Lilah, Chase, and a third person point of view that overlooks Elaine and Hannah’s life. First of all, I love books that are written with two points of views but in this book I loved the added third person. I have read some books that have this added third person and in some stories, I find it unnecessary and really distracting from the story, but with this book I loved it. It really added to the story giving not only another storyline but a lot of background information.
I would give this book 5/5 stars. I loved every moment of this book. The characters were well written with deep emotions. I really loved how the book ended, it left me very satisfied. The storyline throughout the whole book kept me hooked and wondering what would happen next.
“Being here with you and your mom is the last perfect day I can remember.”
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