Publication Date: May 17th, 2016
“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.”
This was extremely emotional. I had this on an audiobook and I think it made me like it more than I would have in a regular book. I have to give props to the readers on the audiobook because they read with so much emotion that I honestly teared up many times. There were times where I went back and rewound it to listen to specific parts again because they were so wonderful.
The characters were written perfectly for the story. The story was so dark and heartbreaking that the characters fit amazingly. Mallory “Mouse” and Rider were so angsty and frustrating that I don’t think they could have been more perfect. Listening to their stories and thinking that they could relate to people in real life made it all the more saddening.
I just want to talk about “Mouse” herself. Her character was written so beautifully. I wanted to reach inside my radio and hug her. There was so much that her character not only went through, but realized throughout the book. It’s truly unbelievable how Jennifer Armentrout wrote her.
This book was especially an acknowledgement at “group homes”. You hear so much about group homes, whether kids got placed in great places, or they suffer where they are. This was a nod at the kids who don’t get placed in great homes. These kids suffer so much and it showed in the characters. Jennifer Armentrout did such a great job with the details and everything that came with this amazing book.