Hardcover: 480 Pages
Publisher: HarlequinTeen (May 17, 2016)
Synopsis: 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 milestonespending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed ofthat 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 lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking outfor the people she loves, the life she wants and the truths that need to be heard.
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This book had it all: mystery, love story, life lessons and compelling characters that you route for the entire way through. I regret letting this book sit on my shelf for as long as it did before reading it.
Mallory Dodge was a foster child that grew up in an awful foster home. Her only solace was her foster brother, Rider, the boy that protected her above anything and everyone else. Four years later, Mallory has been adopted by a nice family after a horrible accident got her out of the horrible foster home. But she struggles with using her voice to express herself. Attempting to face her fears of noise and speaking in public, Mallory decides to attend school for her final year of high school. It is there that she is reunited with her childhood hero, Rider.
This book tackled a really important topic of foster home abuse – a topic that I find is not a central theme in many books, let alone many YA books. As a very serious and sensitive topic, Armentrout was able to write a beautiful story that will leave you questioning how ones experiences shape the person we become – and how living your life to the fullest only really starts when you push yourself out of your comfort zone. I will definitely be recommending this book!