Published by Self-Published on 25th June 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Issues, New Adult, Romance
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Every life has a different path full of sharp turns, smooth curves, and steep drop offs.
Hollis Murphy has a plan—college, career, boyfriend, love, marriage, family. A predictable, normal life. She’s on track until an outside force causes her to crash and burn. They call it an accident, because that’s the only word they know to explain what happens to her. It helps everyone move on with their lives, except for Hollis. She holds on to the belief that she’s been targeted for a reason.
Risher Stevenson is intelligent, caring, sweet, and the hottest boy Hollis has ever laid eyes on. He fits perfectly into her original plan for a normal life. Everyone loves him.
Benton Daniels is intelligent, caring, sweet, and the bravest boy Hollis has ever met. He doesn’t fit into her life but gives it purpose and makes it extraordinary. Everyone hates him.
One is bullied. One is tormented. All are judged. How will it STOP?
Reviewed by Joanne
*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for a review*
I really liked the sound of this book, so when the author asked me if I would read and review it, I jumped at the chance.
It was very easy to get into, and after the first few chapters I was hooked. I thought Hollis was so brave, she was heading off to college on her own, which would a big thing for any 18 year old, but for her it was even more so. She had been homeschooled for the last year, after a terrible accident had left her confidence shattered, and she had turned into a recluse trusting only her parents and her best friend Maggie to see the real person behind the walls. Encouraged by Maggie to follow her dreams of going to college, she embarks on the new phase of her life, determined to keep her head down and study hard but she didn’t figure on meeting Risher.
Risher was so sweet, it was hard not to fall for him. He was too good to be true, and I kept waiting for the penny to drop! He was so attentive to Hollis, and a perfect gentleman too, although sometimes it was infuriating how much of a nice guy he was, especially when the campus b**ch set her sights on him. I silently seethed while I read, wishing he would just tell her to do one!
Along with Risher, Hollis also forms a friendship with Benton, another guy in her class. I’m wary of giving away spoilers so I don’t want to say too much, but I will say that there was a bit of a bombshell dropped halfway through the story that I didn’t see coming. Hollis just took it all in her stride, and was a great friend to Benton but I did worry how it would impact on her relationship with Risher.
I loved the friendship that developed between Hollis and Risher, and seeing Hollis gradually come out of her shell around him. It was a big step for her to let her guard down and start to trust his intentions were genuine. The relationship with Benton was so different, but equally important to her. I felt so many emotions while reading this story, and the end left me feeling a bit shell shocked. It left me thinking about an issue that I’ve never really given much thought too, but Alison G Bailey brought that subject to the forefront and tackled it in a very sympathetic way. This was the first book I’ve read by Alison, and I loved it, so I can’t wait to read more of her work.