Publication Date: May 17, 2016
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Goodreads Rating: 3/5 Stars
Why I Picked This Up: Because this author is a hit or miss for me, not gonna lie she is usually a miss BUT I’m always willing to try, plus it just sounded good.
For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.
Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.
It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.
Well….this is pretty standard issue. I think the author was trying to delve deeper into the lives of those who struggle with something that has traumatized someone. But it was kinda weird for me and I felt like it wasn’t the best of relationships… it kinda felt a little unhealthy for me. Do I think stuff like this happens? yes, but still not healthy and people need therapy to work out their issues especially in this regard because it’s kids who suffer from PTSD.
Mallory or “Mouse” isn’t someone I could relate to. I could sympathize because she suffers from PTSD which causes her to have social anxiety which stems from her issues. This is a tough subject to write about, it’s hard to give a character that kind of depth, for me it just fell a little flat. Mallory was a little too…”mousey” makes sense but I found myself a little annoyed with her maybe because I couldn’t relate? I dunno.
Rider, our hero who was Mallory’s protector whom she thought she’d never see again. HELLO! what-do-ya-know they happen to be at the same school! *gasp* does that really even happen? blah. With Mallory back in his life it kinda throws him off. Dude, this guy need therapy too! He has issues and yet deals with them differently and I felt the author tried her best with what she was trying to do. But in the end I still found myself rolling my eyes when it came to Rider, Mallory and let’s not forget that Rider has a girlfriend who is territorial-SHE needs therapy! Man EVERYONE need therapy in this book!
Overall: I found the book but found it lacking in the real/raw department especially when it comes to these deep issues, still enjoyable.
Sexual Content: moderate