Date published: May 12, 2015
You won't like me.
I am not the nice girl. I am not your friend.
I don't care about you, but most of all, I don't care about me.
Go ahead, hate me.
We all have secrets.
I have them as well—dark, terrible secrets.
The only time I can breathe is when I forget.
I need to be numb. You don't want to know how.
But as long as I can breathe, the past cannot smother me.
This was a heavy book to read. There's drug use, sexual abuse, and child abuse. It isn't graphic, but it's still there. Although Reese has one hell of a hard past, it was only a small part of the story. Yes, there were parts where I cried, but not just because of what happened in the story itself. It triggered some of my own memories that I had suppressed... and that was not pleasant to experience.
There were things in this book that I felt actually helped me, even if it did so in a ripping the bandage off sort of way. It's the book I didn't even know I needed!
I wouldn't say this is a romance, but at the same time there is something going on in this story. Leo is not the typical male lead, but he is absolutely perfect in here. He's like a giant cuddly teddy bear that can kill you in your sleep.
There's also this one character in the story, Liz - I really like her. She's great. I would have loved to see more of her.
Anyway, this was another Zartian story that I am glad to have read.