I thought I’d hit rock bottom when my dad died.
I was wrong.
I never dreamed my mom would choose drugs and alcohol over me.
I was wrong about that too.
I thought teachers were there to instruct, to guide, to counsel.
Wrong doesn’t begin to describe what nearly happened that last day of my Junior year. Lesson learned; trust is for suckers and actions speak louder than words.
New plan. Keep up my grades, earn a scholarship, tuck into as tight a ball as possible and roll on out of this town and this life.
But this boy, this Casanova transplant with a funny accent, who’s way too charming to be healthy for a girl… Why won’t he let me be?
I wish I hadn’t let him in on my secrets…well, most of them.
I wish I hadn’t grown to look forward to our daily walks to work.
But mostly, I wish I hadn’t freaked out when he tried to steal a kiss.
Maybe I wouldn’t be parked in the friend zone. Maybe he wouldn’t be dating a girl I loathe. Maybe I wouldn’t be in this hell of wanting what I can’t have but having what I thought I wanted—to be left alone.
Worldbuilding: This story takes place in Vancouver, Washington, mostly in and around Lewis Meriwether High.
Characters: The main characters in this novel are Rex Jacobi and Ellen Grayson. Ellen has had a crappy start in life but now that her last year of high school is here, she is in the home stretch. But before it can get better it’s going to get a whole lot worse. Fortunately, there seems to be a new friend that might help her get through the crap she has to endure. Rex Jacobi is unlike any other boy she has ever met. He makes her want to trust him and tell him her secrets, only if it were that easy. The more time they spend together the more her heart seems to open to his cocky yet playful ways. But Ellen is harboring a secret that could brand her an outcast, that could tear apart everyone close to her but sometimes telling the truth is what’s right. Even if it comes at a price. Can Ellen hold on to everyone she holds dear while she weathers the storm? Or will her closest allies become her worse enemies?
Plot: This story is mostly about the burgeoning romance between Ellen and Rex. But also the issues that follow her from the year before. This story is kind of broken up into two parts; summertime and senior year of high school. And the issues that Ellen had to go through towards the end of the story were kind of hard to read but the ending definitely made up for it!
Writing: This novel is written in first person point of view Ellen. It is a standalone novel without a cliffhanger ending. The first half of the story was kind of slow going, introducing the characters and such, but it did pick up quite a bit during the school year.
Curb Appeal: This cover is different than what I normally see but it does seem to represent the story pretty well. The blurb is a lot less serious than the story actually is. It is intriguing and the reason I wanted to read the novel but it does leave a lot left for the reader to find out.
Ultimately: I really enjoyed these characters. Ellen was so strong and Rex was the best guy she could have asked for. My heart definitely ached for Ellen and what she had to go through but I loved that Rex was her rock through it all! All in all, if you are in the mood for two kids who help each other through their heartaches all while navigating the treacherous waters of high school then come check out Louder Than Words!!
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