Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Coming of Age
Release Date: March 25, 2012
Book Description:Seventeen year old Katelyn Richards is a stronger person than anyone will ever know, and that is just the way she wants it. Behind her normal facade lies the reality of a broken home life. Thanks to her abusive mother, a string of deadbeat stepfathers, and an unsympathetic system, Katelyn has learned that the only one she can count on is herself. Her life’s mission has become to shield her nine year old brother, Kevin, and to give him the future that they both wish for. A life with no more abuse, no worries about where their next meal will come from, and no more wondering if they will have a roof over their heads.
When her mother moves them again, this time to a small town in Montana, Katelyn’s resolve is shaken when she meets Max, a cute boy from her new school, who gets a glimpse into her real world. Max slowly manages to break through Katelyn’s wall of distrust, stirring up feelings she never saw coming. Now with her world more complicated than she ever intended, Katelyn struggles with the decision to follow her heart into the arms of the first boy she has ever loved. A decision that could risk the promise she made to protect Kevin, and to give them the ‘someday soon’ that is so close within their grasp.
Isn't that something that most of us can relate to, at least on some level? Katelyn looks at her life like a book because her mom has moved Katelyn and her brother Kevin around so many times that they have both fallen behind in school, and they have no sense of stability in their lives, save for one another.
It is the touching sibling relationship in this book that makes it so honest and endearing to my heart. Katelyn and Kevin, who is eight years younger than she is, consistently look after one another and take care of each other. Katelyn is more like a mother to him than their mother, Lucinda.
When they end up moving to a small town in Montana, Katelyn meets Max, who is working at his dad's store, and immediately develops a crush on him. There are numerous issues that keep her from acting on her feelings: she and Max are from different worlds, and she has Kevin to look out for. But when Max and Kevin bond over superheroes, it's hard for Katelyn to stay away from him.
When their stepdad (who isn't really their stepdad) lands in hot water, things at the Richards' trailer take a turn for the worse in many ways, and better in others. But as Lucinda's anger begins spiraling out of control, others begin to notice what's going on.
Will they be able to save Katelyn and Kevin before it's too late? Will Katelyn finally be able to open up to Max and give him her heart? If you want to know the answers, read the book. You won't be disappointed! This book gets five hearts from me, and I'm definitely going to be checking out other books by the author as soon as I can.
Tiffany King is the author of The Saving Angels Series, Wishing For Someday Soon, Forever Changed, and Unlikely Allies. Writer by day and book fanatic the rest of the time, she is now pursuing her life-long dream of weaving tales for others to enjoy. She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iphone and ipad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask.