Don’t look up.
Never make eye contact.
Those were the words I lived by growing up, the words that protected me in an unsafe home. But words are only letters and eventually even they couldn’t keep his hands off me.
Hoping to leave behind the shattered life of my past, I find myself in a boring, small town, with an aunt I’ve never met and at a school I loathe.
But soon I learn, not everything in this world is as black and white as I’ve determined. Sometimes those we are so quick to judge often need a second, third or even fourth time to make a first impression.
And often, there are friendships and even love waiting just around the corner, if we are brave enough to take the first step.
Am I brave?
Or will I hide behind these tattered gloves of mine forever?
Review: For this to be J.L. Berg’s first go at YA it was a good one. I wouldn’t say great but it was definitely good. I can give this to my 16-year-old niece to read and know she would enjoy it. The story kept me interested, however, I wish there was more. Maybe because I am 30 something and this book is not suited for me.
The main character, Willow, has something horrible happen to her (we know that from the blurb). It is hinted at, but never really divulged. I feel like the story is supposed to be a story of healing and in a sense it is, but because I didn’t get to go through the pain and suffering with Willow, I couldn’t really empathize with her. Sam is a pretty good secondary character. He’s going through his own teenage issues and is very supportive of Willow. I liked his character the most and wished there was more of his story on the page as well.
So, I give this 3.5 stars. If you are looking for a YA romance, this isn’t it. There wasn’t anything romantic about this book but it was still a decent read nonetheless.