Published: 10th March, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Age: Young Adult
From: YA Bound Book Tours
Macy Diaz has managed childhood friend Jeb Porter’s crush for years. However, his infatuation turns to obsession, even putting a kid in the hospital just for hitting on her. In the past, Macy brushed it off, explained his bizarre acts away. But now she harbors a secret. She’s in love…with Jeb’s sister, Rachel.
By some miracle, Rachel loves Macy back, and despite the small minds polluting their sleepy southern town, they’re sticking together. Unfortunately, making sure Jeb never grows suspicious proves harder every day—until everything falls apart.
As a sick, unstable Jeb starts to threaten all Macy values, she is reminded of what has always been perfectly clear. Macy belongs to him, only him, and he won’t let her go. Ever.
If only Macy could’ve loved Jeb, she wouldn’t have to worry about surviving him now.
What I liked: This story is rooted in the emotions of the characters as the story moves along, and elicited not only joy but fear as well as the story went on for Macy because of Jeb. It’s a rather realistic portrayal of not only how bad obsession over another person can take a horrifying turn, but also how coming out as a lesbian in such a small town as the one in the story can be a big deal and how people will treat you after learning if they’re not open-minded. Jeb actually becomes a scary character as the story goes on, and the way he threatens Macy when he learns about how Rachel and Macy are together made me both angry for her and fearful of what he was going to do. Jeb was the perfect main antagonist for this story, and both Rachel and Macy were clearly doing their best with the situation they had been put in by living in such a small town with a brother who’s obsession with Macy knew no bounds. Plus the dialect for the characters was really spot on to show where the characters lived. Macy’s mother and grandfather were really good characters to and I enjoyed having them in the book.
What I didn’t like: I didn’t feel like despite how the summary seems to say the story revolves so much around Macy and her feelings for Rachel they weren’t present enough in the story, not to say that everything else wasn’t important but I wish that I had seen them more than I was able to.
Overall Review: Though I expected a much fluffier book because of the cover, this is actually a dark book at times because of the things that happen in it because of Jeb and the things he does. While there was a very compelling storyline and the book was paced well I wish there had been a little more focus on the romance since their romance was the main focus of the book in various ways. The way the characters act and speak clearly showed where they lived and where they had grown up and gave the story an authentic feel to the setting.
Recommend?: Yes! It was a compelling read and I really enjoyed it!
My Rating: 3.6/5
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About the Author
Born in Pennsylvania, Lynn spent most of her childhood, especially during math class, daydreaming. Today, she spends an obscene amount of time in her head, only now she writes down all the cool stuff.
With a degree in English Literature, Lynn used college as an excuse to read for four years straight. She lives in the Pocono Mountains with her husband, raising the four most incredible human beings on the planet. She writes young adult novels, both fantasy and contemporary.
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