Release Date: June 5th 2015
Brogen Mathers can’t deal with teen drama… As an empath, she is constantly bombarded with other people’s energies. Despite coping techniques taught by her psychologist mother, it’s often too much to bear, forcing her to avoid most activities a typical high school junior would enjoy. Jay Wilken won’t let his past define him… A dead mother and an alcoholic father brought Jay to Stanton, but he doesn’t want pity. His good looks, charisma, and friendly nature quickly win over the whole student body, but he has his eye on one girl…Brogen. Brogen can’t believe anyone could be so genuinely nice. It has to be an act, right? But when Jay literally saves her from deadly jaws, she has to admit he’s exactly what he appears, and he’s worth risking the potential emotional upheaval. “Drama” might as well be Becca Grant’s middle name… Another newcomer to Stanton, Becca’s blonde beauty and abundant attitude shoots her straight to the top of the popularity charts—and she believes Jay belongs right there beside her. Accustomed to getting exactly what she wants, she launches a relentless mean-girl campaign to shake up Brogen and claim Jay for her own. Everything changes with a devastating diagnosis… When Jay learns he has a rare and potentially fatal disorder, he keeps it secret and begins to push Brogen away to spare her future pain—which is exactly the sort of opening Becca is waiting for. As Jay’s well-meaning deception unravels, Brogen realizes there is much more than her heart at stake… But how far is she willing to go to fight for someone she loves?
D.A. Roach has been telling stories since she was a young girl in the suburbs of Chicago. In college she met the man of her dreams, her happily ever after, and married him 2 weeks after graduating. They have 3 kids together and a pet cockatiel named Gimli. D.A. did not find a love for books until after college. Her parents were immigrants from Lithuania and found tv and radio easier ways to hear stories so they did not do much reading or encourage it. But once she finished college and D.A. had free time, she discovered how amazing it was to get lost in a story.
D.A. is a full time mom and wife. When she is not doing domestic things (laundry, bills, etc) she is writing, reading, creating mixed media art, and helping beautify her kids’ school landscape. Oh, and she is ALWAYS listening to music. Her favorite authors include Rebecca Donovan, Richelle Mead, Larissa Ione, Stephanie Meyer, E.L. James, and Sylvia Day. Reading great works from authors like these has motivated D.A. to write her own stories. She hopes to make positive changes in the world with her art and writing
When I received this book to read and write an honest review, I had no idea how much I was going to like this story. I was really surprised to see how a book doesn't need to be huge in pages to make us more than satisfied.
The synopsis makes us expect that this would be another book full of teenagers dramas and therefore I was a little discouraged to read another book with this central theme.
We have, in this book, one hundred and eighty pages that tells us the story of Brogen, a teenager with the rare gift of capturing the energies of people who surround her, whether it is good or bad energy. She has to deal with it every day and at a certain point, she does, with her mother's help, who is a psychologist and puts her on a meditation program and daily exercise to try to work around that accumulated energy. It would be expected that a young man appeared on the road, because it would not be a story of teenagers if it were otherwise. He is Jay. A young man full of good energy, attractive and friendly, that captures the attention of Brogen since the first time that she saw him. First, because he was the new school student and, secondly, because the fact that over the days, various situations (some traumatic) between the two of them show to Brogen that Jay is that kind of guy with who she can have a real relationship. First came friendship (as it must be) and then, both Jay and Brogen start developing stronger feelings for each other. She always tried to show she wanted more than friendship and he, probably scared, always sent mixed signals. Now he wants to be with her all day long and on the next minute he shuts himself and ignored her.
It's not my habit to spoil anyone's reading, so I will not go further on the details of the story.
D.A. Roach surprised me a lot by her simple way of writing. It captivates us because of her light way to describe emotions, situations and feelings. I loved some of the quotes that have been said throughout the book and most of them by Brogen's mother ... one of these quotes marked me for revealing how important it is to have someone to support us when things are complicated:
“You, Brogen, have the gift to make Jay’s life a little brighter during this hard time.”
The way she makes each character to have a strong personality and sweet at the same time it's amazing. Brogen is a fantastic girl, taking into account that she is the daughter of divorced parents and her father exchanged his mother for casual sex. Jay, for its turn, kept his positive energy despite all the drama he underwent in such a short time and the one he will still go through life. Besides these two main characters, I really enjoyed Brogen's best friend, Meg. The friend that was always there and the one who always supported her without any restriction.
The end of this strong and emotional story? It could not have been more perfect. Seriously! It shows us how, despite the adversities of life and also death, we can always come out on top, be happy and have a life filled with joys and emotions..
No doubt an author to follow closely!