This book was wonderful. It showed how in trying to save one or many lives you lose yourself in the process. Trying to survive become a rehearsed chore that still in the end leave you fighting for you last breath. It takes the one in which you are trying to protect to help you swim to shore and be the person in which they say deep down. A real tear jerker.
Allie was a torn soul throughout the book but her LOVE for Dean as well as for her mother in which she resented for many reasons caused her to lose who she was to an abusive father who knew no ends. Dean was on a mission to seek truth as well and protect and nurture Allie in her time of need. I was proud of him over coming the battle to respect her wishes as well as keep her safe. In the end keeping her safe is what won out.
Jamie did an excellent job in demonstrating the struggles of a battered child and mother in a situation that can only lead to death. For strength if you are going through similar situation, I STRONGLY suggest this book.
There are some things you just can't walk away from.
When sleeping in vacant warehouses and dark alleys becomes preferable to living at home, something is seriously wrong. But when word reaches Allie that her mother is facing a life threatening illness, she has no choice but to return to the place of nightmares. Leaving wasn't a choice, it was a necessity, and if returning hadn't been equally necessary, Allie never would have set foot back inside that hell-hole.
Dean is no stranger to hardship, but the day Allie walked out of his life, taking his heart right along with her, was hands-down the most frustrating. Six months later, she's back and Dean refuses to rest until he figures out exactly what the hell happened.
Now, Allie's drowning. Drowning in lies. Drowning in the truth. Drowning in pain, and anger, and fear. But there comes a time when every drowning person must decide whether they will . . . Sink or Swim?
"How long? How long has this been going on?"
"Since I was about...twelve-ish." That sounded about right.
"Christ," Dean breathed, and she could see his mind working, Remembering. "All of those times. The bumps... bruises...scrapes. That time you broke your arm riding your bike. That was him, wasn't it?"
He managed to keep his voice even, but his knuckles were white from how hard he was gripping the table. Allie just nodded. He knew and there was no use hiding anything anymore. It was time to go all in. Show him just how gutless she really was.
Jamie Canosa is a full time author of YA literature, which she absolutely loves. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. She currently resides in Ravena, NY with her wonderful husband and three crazy kids . . . plus the dog, the bird and the rabbit.
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