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I have been a fan of this author since finding her book, It Walked Among Us, published in 2013. Her writing style is unique and her ability to draw a reader into the story she is telling is totally amazing. Out of all her books this one is now my favorite. After reading the synopsis, I was eager for the release date. The cover alone is outstanding and makes you want to read the story behind this broken teenager.
Kat’s story starts as a tough teenager trying to survive from day to day with an abusive drunken father. Not knowing where her next meal will come from or what mood her father will be in on each passing day. Her luck is broken when she is finally caught trying to shoplift food and must pick what direction her future will go. Kat signs up, with little choice in the matter, for an after school program helping the elderly. She is paired with Delilah, a retired showgirl who has the sense of humor to match. I found myself laughing at some of their banter back and forth. With Delilah’s and Ed’s (cop who arrested her for shoplifting) guidance, Kat turns from a caterpillar into a butterfly. She changes her appearance, starts going to school, learns to cook and even lands a part-time job. As things seem to finally be going her way, she is handed a curve ball and her life is once again knocked off the tracks.
One thing I loved about this book was the twist toward the end. There was some backstory tossed into different parts of the book that had me wondering right up until the twist. Once that was brought out into the open, the backstory was more understandable and fit right in. The character development was spot on and I could picture running into any number of these characters on the street as real people. I love the idea of a real program like this in the story to help our elderly and trouble teens. I also love the fact that this is a standalone novel. It is a complete story from start to finish. Nowadays most authors what to turn all their books into a series so it is nice to be able to pick up a book that does not leave you hanging in mid-story for years. Over all this is one of Amanda’s best books and I look forward to many more from her in the future!