In this haunting and hopeful debut novel, a teen’s court-mandated psychiatric residency prompts a change in perspective from which there is no looking back.
I received a free copy of this book for review . Thank you , Laura !
I had high expectations from this book and I was not disappointed . This book was a life lesson from which everyone should learn . The main character, Taylor, stand between an alcoholic mother who spend all her nights away from home and an severe father , who left her mother years ago. Caught in the middle of their disputes Taylor make a wrong choice to run away from home and steal a car. Police catches it and decide to send it to a youth correction center . And that`s how Taylor arrive to Sunny Meadows a place with strict rules and guards patrolling everywhere. Taylor is convinced that everything is against her and decides to get out by herself from institution.
But she can`t do this without help. Here , at Sunny Meadows , Taylor become friend with Margo , a
child star who defies the rules, a funny character and very inspiring , Victor , Margo`s boyfriend , supplies all the people in the ceneter with items of suspicious origin , Charlotte , a ponny-lover and probably the last unicorn and A.J. , a mysterious who don`t talk to anybody . But both , is bothered by a group of patients named Latino Queens who treat everybody like they`re better than rest. Taylor ‘s first thought is to get away from there as quickly and uses her friends to help her to get out (which bothered me a little … ). But besides being attacked by Brandi , leader of the Latina Queens group, it has to deal with her therapist and find out who the mysterious boy who meets in a dark room . Her life seems totally messed up when he realizes that it may remain in the center until it turns eighteen.
I know Taylor’s way to exit seemed completely wrong at first, but I couldn`t notice the decision to start a new life away , which made it a stronger character in my heart. After her escape plan got ruined – thanks AJ’s betrayal – she finally realizes the importance of treatment to recover . In the second part we discover a new Taylor , one who cooperates to do well, one who uses her creative energyto do good. I found it amazing how the author formed a new Taylor without eliminated the old one so we can see the action of the story from two different part , sometimes one who desperately wants to get out and sometimes one would like to stay. In the end , Taylor forgive A.J. and they become more than friends and both creates a real garden behind the center. And Taylor ‘s choice to stay with her father and no longer let her mother followed her life , in the last chapter , made me love this book and make me want to reread this book soon .
As I said in the beginning, is a beautiful story of life, one that anyone can learn , one that is worth reading . My blog ` Devoratorul de carti ` and I , personally , recommend this book because it is a book for everyone and a book you can not put down , with characters shaped and beautiful story . I promise you will not regret if you buy it and I have to thank again to the author for gave me the opportunity to promote this powerful story in Romania . Thank you , Laura , it was wonderful !
My rating : 4.5/5