I thought I’d left Blackwater, Texas behind for good. I didn’t belong in the small town, but my dad wouldn’t listen. He dragged me back home in his beat-up truck and dropped a bomb along the way: Chase Matthews was moving in with us. He was the golden boy of my high school, my former best friend, and the last person I wanted sleeping across the hall. His presence was too great a reminder of the ghosts I was trying to forget.
I didn’t ask for a hero. I don’t want to be saved.
To me, Lilah Calloway meant late nights sneakin’ out, moonlit hair, and sparklers in July. She was my best friend until the day she left and I’d assumed Blackwater had seen the last of her. Then, like a tempest, she rolled back into town for the final half of senior year. The chopped hair and dark devil-may-care attitude warned most people away, but I knew if I fought hard enough, I could find the lost girl.
I didn’t want to be her hero. Some girls don’t need to be saved.
A fast-paced and quick read! While cleaner (sexually) than R. S. Grey’s other books it is definitely not clean. Grey deals with the issues of alcoholism, drug-addiction, and grief and blame very well and vividly through a teenager/young adults perspective. The “what-ifs” and “if onlys” are heart-breaking and can hit close to home for some readers, especially the children and family of addicts. Grey does well with the shame and other issues involved with addicted parents. A solid read but very quick. I got through it in a few hours.