Patrick Cusimano’s life can’t get much worse. His father is in jail, he works the midnight shift at a grubby convenience store, and his brother’s girlfriend, Caro, has pushed their friendship to an uncomfortable new level. On top of all that, he can’t shake the attentions of Layla Elshere, a goth teenager who befriends Patrick for reasons he doesn’t understand, and doesn’t fully trust. The temptations these two women offer are pushing Patrick to his breaking point.
Meanwhile, Layla’s little sister, Verna, is suffering through her first year of high school. She’s become a prime target for her cruel classmates, and not just because of her strange name and her fundamentalist parents. Layla’s bad-girl rep casts a shadow too heavy for Verna to bear alone, so she falls in with her sister’s tribe of outcasts. But their world is far darker than she ever imagined…
Unless Patrick, Layla, Caro, and Verna can forge their own twisted paths to peace—with themselves, with each other—then they’re stuck on a dangerous collision course where the stakes couldn’t be higher.
I got through this book in no time! The beginning started off pretty slow, but I got through towards the end of the book. I loved how the lives of the characters in this book somehow got entangled and they were struggling with their own internal demons.
The cover of the book looks very interesting and it turned out to be an equally interesting read. It was a gripping tale. I loved it. I’m glad I decided to request it and I can’t wait to read more books from the author.
About the Author: Kelly Braffet is the author of Josie and Jack and Last Seen Leaving. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Colombia University, where she received her MFA. Kelly lives upstate New York with her husband, writer Owen King.
I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.