Publisher: Self Published
Published: April 25, 2012
Pages: 154, Kindle Edition
Edition Reviewed: ebook
Source: Provided by Author (no compensation)
High school junior Elizabeth Carter is self-confident and outgoing with a bright future. Life is good for Elizabeth, then she meets Brad Evans. To those on the outside, and even to Elizabeth at first, her life gets even better with Brad. Slowly and insidiously, though, Brad takes control of Elizabeth. Is she really as lucky as she thinks she is? What price is she willing to pay to be this popular, charming, attractive senior boy's girlfriend? Is she envied...or pitied? Most importantly, does she have to lose herself in order to be Brad's significant other?
Review *always spoiler free unless noted*:
It's no secret that I love heavy books. Abuse, pregnancy, drugs....Bring it! So naturally, when I recieved a review copy of this book I was excited to get to it. And it was a short read, which was even better because I was at work when I started it, and wanted to be done with it by the end of the work day. Let's just say I was quite disappointed. First, before I get into the dynamics of why it just didn't float my boat, let me put a disclaimer out there to you guys. This is not a bad book by any means. The main reason of why I, personally, did not like the book is because it read like a middle grade "heavy" book but the characters were juniors in high school. The main character and her best friend were giggly and airheaded and their conversations were not high school-esque. The same goes for the so-called relationship between said main character and her abuser boyfriend. It was very much like at first sight. There was also the fact that the abuse started on the first date. Really.
All in all, I would recommend this book to 8th to 9th graders, but if you are over the age of 17, you will probably find this book a little to young for you.