This is Lola's story. She has a secret no one can know. Once a safe haven, her home has turned into a prison, and she fears if she doesn't somehow escape, she will lose herself completely.
She finds her escape in Jack; a troubled young man with a cynical smile and eyes that see all Lola tries to hide. But even Jack can't save her from the evil at home.
Anyway, Safe and Sound is the story of Lola, a girl who's had more than her fair share of burdens in her short life than other people see in a lifetime. She finds understanding in Jack, a guy from school who lives the same life of misery.
It is through this bond that they've formed that they find themselves falling in love with each other, caring what goes on in each other's home life.
I love stories like this one because they show that not everyone's life is peaches and cream. And the fact is, there are people who lead lives like Lola's, full of fear and without hope of that fear ever coming to an end.
This was the first book I ever read from Lindy Zart. It's the book that got me hooked (that rhymed) and its because Lindy is not afraid to write about the sad or darker parts of life. Lola's story is one I would have missed subconsciously if Lindy had never written it.
I've felt like the characters who care about Lola have felt. Impotent, frustrated because you're unable to help out a person who so desperately needs help, but whom you can't help if they never seek it or admit they can't take it anymore.
The ending fit the story. In real life, you don't always get the answers to why something happens to those who least deserve it. Lola's left with many questions, but she deals with it.
Safe and Sound gets 5 out of 5 Platypires from me.