Selena's life is far from a fairy tale. When her mother goes to rehab for alcohol addiction Selena is sent to live with her wealthy aunt, uncle, and cousin, Whitney. A friend from the past, Austin, invites her to come to his church's youth retreat, and there she begins to feel like she can start again, with new friends and a new life.
Will Selena be able to escape the pain of he past that threatens to define her?
A gripping tale that proved hard to put down. I was immediately drawn to Selena and her plight, she was honest and easy to relate to. She wasn't perfect, she had her struggles and her flaws and it would have been easy to make her someone to pity, but she had a certain spark and strength that truly brought her to life.
The family and friends that Selena met along the way, where well done and developed, I especially liked Brooke and her oft times brash honesty. Austin was a terrific friend to Selena too, never judging her, but always challenging her to re-evaluate her life.
Overall this was a book well worth reading, with a strong message that didn't come out as stiff or overly preachy. The characters were honest and realistic, and Selena is a strong heroine that I won't soon be forgetting. Ms. Hall has done a terrific job with this book, from cover to cover, and I'm hoping that there might be a sequel in store :) Highly recommend.
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