Summary: Stay out of trouble for one more year, and Katie Martin can leave her small town loneliness behind forever. She is a field hockey star on the fast track to a college scholarship, but her relationship with alcohol has always been a little questionable. Then trouble finds her. Alec is the most popular guy in school, and also the biggest bully—with his sights set firmly on Katie. When Alec turns on the charm, Katie thinks she must have been wrong about him. Except that she wasn’t. On a rain-soaked, alcohol-drenched night, one impulsive decision leaves Katie indebted to Alec in the worst possible way.
My Thoughts: It’s going to be hard to discuss this without sharing details one might not know going into the book. While I wouldn’t call any of it hugely spoiling, it very well could remove any shock value that a reader might not want removed, so the majority of this review will be treated as spoilers.
Short, sweet, and spoiler-free: I can’t really say I enjoyed this book, because the subject is not very enjoyable. It’s a hard book to read; it’s very heavy/weighty, and I don’t think I’d let a younger teen read it. I’m not sure they could handle the saddest, most sobering part: the rape scene. Luedeke handles it well, but it was still quite hard for me, a thirtysomething, to read. It kind of reminds me of Jennifer Brown’s Bitter End in that it handles a (different) tough, not-so-fun subject quite well. Sensitive readers, beware: There’s not just alcoholism in this book. If you want to know what else there is, just read the spoilers above.
Source: Received through Around the World Tours for review.
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