By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: MIRA Ink Pages: 474
Rated: 4.5 stars
I really don’t know where to start with this review. I loved this book. It made me laugh, cry, all the emotions you could think of.
These characters had a background that no one wants to have – yet sadly, people do! Being in the ‘system’ (foster care, homes etc.) for children is a tough subject at the best of times.
Mallory Dodge (‘Mouse’) finally believes, after four years of putting herself back together, that she is up to taking her last year in High School, rather than being home taught, . What she didn’t expect was to see Rider Stark, her friend and protector from years ago.
This book looks at so many different areas. Depression, abuse, foster care, drugs and crimes, strengths and weaknesses, and so much more.
Yes, this is a YA story, but I really believe that it is something any age should read. I found this story really poignant at points. There are areas, mentioned above, that aren’t spoken about and if they are, it is mainly the negative areas that are mentioned, not the positive, which are also seen in this story.
Along with all of the negative areas within this book, the positives also shine through. Family, love, positive friendships, independence, emotional growth and so many more aspects that deserve to be celebrated in life as a whole.
I won’t lie, I am sat here trying to write this review and I just don’t know the best way to explain the emotion I feel towards this book – how to explain to pick it up and give it a read. It made me feel empowered. Compared to these characters I have had a privileged life. No one’s life is perfect and what may look good on the outside, will have struggles of its own on the inside. This is nearly guaranteed.
As I read this book and saw how Mallory grew out of her shell, leaving those she believed were less broken than her behind, I experienced such a powerful self-motive to look at myself and see where I have grown and where I could grow.
This book isn’t just a story. It has truths that are happening now in the world we are in, truths about how you can look at yourself and others. One could use this book as life lessons on the type of person you want to be.
In general Jennifer knows how to hook you in, draw you into her world and this book is no different. If you are looking for a story you can get your teeth into, make your brain work about life in general and how you are preserved by yourself and others – to come out thoughtful, powerful and wanting to see if you can make improvements to our world, this is definitely a book you need to pick up!
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