By: Harlequin Teen
This book has so many rampaging emotions it’s hard to pin-point and redirect my thoughts. The main character starts off as a foster child in a terrible home and a traumatic event sent her to the hospital. Fast forward 4 years later and Mallory has been adopted, and is trying to conquer her fears and opted to do her senior year of high school in school, instead of continuing to be home-schooled.
There was another child living with Mallory in the terrible foster home. He did everything he could to ensure she was safe. He is also a foster child. The night that Mallory was in the hospital, the two were divided never thinking they’d ever see each other again.
So, as you can see there is the cliché beginning, but it’s when you delve into the meat of the story that things seem a little less “over-used”. Although Mallory and Rider have different lives now, their past creates a stronger bond than they ever thought possible. Mallory realizes new things about herself, and helps Rider out of his rut of always putting his well-being on the back-burner to ensure those he loves are taken care of first.
I really love the character development in this book. Both, Mallory and Rider, start off as what they knew of themselves and as time progresses they realize they are more than the assumed, and that allows the story to move forward. Knowing that they are each their own work-in-progress and they are still able to help each other through those times when they can’t help themselves.