By: Ginger Scott
Plot (Goodreads Summary):
Kensington Worth had a vision for her senior year. It involved her best friends, her posh private school in downtown Chicago and time alone with her piano until her audition was perfected, a guaranteed ticket into the best music programs in the world. Instead, a nightmare took over. It didn’t happen all at once, but her life unraveled quickly—a tiny thread that evil somehow kept pulling until everything precious was taken from her. She was suddenly living miles away from her old life, trapped in an existence she didn’t choose—one determined to destroy her from the inside, leaving only hate and anger behind. It didn’t help that her neighbor, the one whose eyes held danger, was enjoying every second of her fall. Owen Harper was trouble, his heart wild and his past the kind that’s spoken about in whispers. And somehow, his path was always intertwined with Kensington’s, every interaction crushing her, ruining her hope for any future better than her now. Sometimes, though, what everyone warns is trouble, is exactly what the heart needs. Owen Harper was consumed with darkness, and it held onto his soul for years. When Kensington looked at him, she saw a boy who’d gotten good at taking others down when they threatened his carefully balanced life. But the more she looked, the more she saw other things too—good things…things to admire. Things…to love. Things that made her want to be reckless. And those things…they were the scariest of all.
You guys are probably sick of Ginger Scott reviews, but I’m not. She has 18 books and I have only reviewed 5, this being my sixth, so don’t get annoyed just yet. Before I started writing this review, I triple checked to see if I already did a review on this book. I clearly have not and that amazes me because this book is a lot.
First off, this book is wow. Both Kensington and Owen’s lives have a lot going on.
Kensington’s life. Let’s just overview her it real quick. Kensington’s father cheated on her mother with Kensington’s best friend. Right here we are dealt with a douchebag father. But the douchebag-ness doesn’t stop, it continues. Owen being the a protective boyfriend, starts to fight Kensington’s father. Which isn’t Owen’s fault at all. Seriously, who fights their only daughter’s boyfriend? We also get a dress and a half-assed letter from Kensington’s mistress ex-friend. I don’t even know how to address that…
Now time for Owen. Oh, Owen. His father committed suicide and I don’t know how to put this, but he needed therapeutic help…? I think. Don’t hold me to that because I am definitely not a specialist. That was when Owen was about six. Traumatizing, I know. Now he is sixteen or seventeen and has met Kensington. His older brother is an addict and his younger brother is a sweet, smart kid. His mother is struggling to make end meet which affects the book by a whole lot. And his grandpa is in a home. Editing this makes me so sad.
Plot twist: Owen has to move to Iowa to work for his uncle and send money to his mom. He finds this out when he is in a serious, committed relationship with Kensington. I don’t remember what he said to Kensington about the situation but I am pretty sure he said he would figure something out. Which he didn’t. Instead, he left a not saying goodbye. He left. Gone. Um. Rude. That’s some serious hot and cold stuff right there. As most romance books ends, he comes back. And not in a cheesy way. He comes back to school early to see Kensington, which is one of their things. He says Kensington kept texting ‘I love you’ to him and that’s what made him come back. Cute, also. What kind of badboy boyfriend would come back because his girlfriend sent ‘I love you’ over and over?
What sucks though, is how much gas he wasted driving to the border of Iowa and Illinois. That’s a lot of money. In all seriousness though, Owen’s brother ended up killing himself on their driveway. That caused a big rift between Owen and Kensinghton that I did not want to read. The entire experience made me devastated. To read about Owen’s brother made me really sad because I wanted him to go into rehab and get better, yet that doesn’t always happen for people who are in that deep.
Ginger Scott addresses rather serious important topics that are often not written about and she portrays it in an amazing way.
I procrastinated on making this. But I did it! Yay me, even though it’s midnight. I want to make a review series but it’s not the type you’d think. If I do make this series, it will be a once a month post where I review an author and get their answers. Basically a Q and A. I was originally gonna just review an author and post it, having it be another one of my weekend post. Then I came up with this idea and loved it. Tell me if you do or do not want this series in the comments. Thanks loves.
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