Published by Limitless Publishing on June 5th 2015
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Brogen Mathers can’t deal with teen drama… As an empath, she is constantly bombarded with other people’s energies. Despite coping techniques taught by her psychologist mother, it’s often too much to bear, forcing her to avoid most activities a typical high school junior would enjoy. Jay Wilken won’t let his past define him… A dead mother and an alcoholic father brought Jay to Stanton, but he doesn’t want pity. His good looks, charisma, and friendly nature quickly win over the whole student body, but he has his eye on one girl…Brogen. Brogen can’t believe anyone could be so genuinely nice. It has to be an act, right? But when Jay literally saves her from deadly jaws, she has to admit he’s exactly what he appears, and he’s worth risking the potential emotional upheaval. “Drama” might as well be Becca Grant’s middle name… Another newcomer to Stanton, Becca’s blonde beauty and abundant attitude shoots her straight to the top of the popularity charts—and she believes Jay belongs right there beside her. Accustomed to getting exactly what she wants, she launches a relentless mean-girl campaign to shake up Brogen and claim Jay for her own. Everything changes with a devastating diagnosis… When Jay learns he has a rare and potentially fatal disorder, he keeps it secret and begins to push Brogen away to spare her future pain—which is exactly the sort of opening Becca is waiting for. As Jay’s well-meaning deception unravels, Brogen realizes there is much more than her heart at stake… But how far is she willing to go to fight for someone she loves?
In An Oyster Shell – A thought provoking read well worth your time.
The Pearls – I got in my mind as a young person that when you read books you should learn something. That is not always the case, but with this book you learn a lot. You learn a lot about a rare disease. I found it really interesting. The disease added intense conflict to the story that kept you turning the pages.
The characters were well developed. The MC and her love interest had an interesting push and pull. It was realistic to being a teenager with real life in general. The situation wasn’t romanticized, it was raw, as it should be.
I liked the overall theme of the book – loving someone despite what may come up.
The Sand – There was a huge emphasis on the MC being an empath which I thought threw the story off balance a bit. It fits into the story eventually, but it felt paranormal in this otherwise contemporary read. It didn’t fit.