Wednesday, October 17, 2012
By Tamara Webber
Release Date: May 25, 2012
A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?
When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she's single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.
Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex's frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night--but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.
When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he's hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.
I am berating myself for not picking this book up sooner. It was so realistic, empowering, dramatic, and heartbreaking and an overall mind altering read. I want to go take a self defense class now just so I will be prepared for anything. This is what this book has bought to me with a lot of heart palpitations, I don’t know why I didn’t read this when it first came out.
We start the book off with Jackie and Kennedy (yes I know play on the former president and his wife, which was very cute considering he wants to go into politics) and they are currently attending the same school. One day out of no where Kennedy blindsides Jackie with the notion that he wants to pretty much see other people and they break it off there. Having a class together she skips a few times and is given a chance to have a tutor.
After the break up she goes to a Frat party with her roommate who is in a sorority and being the designated driver she decided to leave early since Erin didn’t need a ride, and that’s when it happened. Buck came behind her, and tried to force himself on her, but there was a man there who happened to save her. This is where the story begins. It’s dramatic and tough but it’s real, things like this happen all the time and the way she reacted not wanting to press charges is how many girls feel in the beginning. She decides not tell anyone but begins seeing her savior all over the place.
Eventually they talk and start to get involved, it’s all very strange because he was supposed to be her rebound guy after she broke up with her boyfriend but they’ve become something much stronger and deeper than a rebound relationship. A little later in the book turns out another girl is actually attacked by the same person and this is when sister solidarity comes into play. The roommates take a self defense class and they are both so empowered by this that they convince the other girl and Jacqueline to press charges so he doesn’t get away.
Sure this isn’t your typical college experience, a lot of people in the book were in denial, not believing their friend could do something so horrible. But it goes to show you these things do happen and you never know when it will.
The relationship between both Jacqueline and Lucas grown more intense, and it’s so sweet reading about them together, like I don’t want it to end. But there are secrets Locus doesn’t want her to find out. Again very realistic (secrets not what actually happened although it could happen) and addicting. This book was an amazing read. I’m ready for another one by Tamara Webber.