Author: Elizabeth Montgomery
Genre: YA Romance
Release Date: June 26, 2015
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly
For those of us who come into the world different, we see it for what it really is.
Avery Chamberlin is special, unique. Beautiful words to gloss over the fact that
she is different. She has never felt like she fit in. Why should she?
She was reminded on a daily basis that she was not like her peers.
Flawed. Damaged. A freak.
Avery will have to come out of her shell to prove that even the bullies
have their own insecurities.
LIFE ISN’T ABOUT LABELS
"It usually ends up with me getting hurt emotionally and sometimes physically. I know I should be numb to it all, but I'm not really sure I could ever get numb to any of it."
Avery is a strong girl. Born with a cleft lip, her skin has to be thick in order to survive the ridicule that would happen once she hit school age. But, no one can take that much...it still hurts, and eventually it wears down even the strongest of people.
"So let me get this straight; you dated a psychopath to keep her away from me?"
Blake has liked Avery since they were little, only now trying to rekindle the friendship/relationship they once had. In the interim, he has been dating Harper, Avery's number one bully. Why? Because he couldn't take Harper picking on Avery and did what he thought he could to keep her from more harm. But, something about best laid plans comes to mind and when his distraction no longer works, things change...for everyone.
"The bully will not win. I refuse to let her rule my life anymore."
This was a great story of triumph and strength. Bullying is a very real issue and unfortunately some people aren't as resilient as Avery had been. Even having the support of family and friends sometimes isn't enough. But I loved the direction this story took, and I am pleased with the outcome. The writing style was good, and I felt satisfied with the story despite the fact it was short. When a story is well written, with flow and developed characters, length is inconsequential. Good job, I look forward to reading more from this author.
**4 Scarred & Beautiful, Stars**
She is currently raising four children and a husband while elbow-deep in the depths of the writing cave. You can often find her searching on Google for an appropriate, or sometimes inappropriate, photo to insert in any random conversation. If not on Google, or Facebook chat, she can be found drinking coffee (like any normal writer), eating Gummy Bears, baking fanciful cakes, reading (of course), or writing (duh).
“I always wondered what authors meant when they said that their characters tell them what to write – I get it now!”