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Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on June 2nd 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dating & Sex, General, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Violence, Young Adult
From critically-acclaimed author Trish Doller comes a powerful new psychological page-turner perfect for fans of Lauren Oliver and Sara Zarr.Eighteen-year-old Arcadia wants adventure. Living in a tiny Florida town with her dad and four-year-old brother, Cadie spends most of her time working, going to school, and taking care of her family. So when she meets two handsome cousins at a campfire party, she finally has a chance for fun. They invite her and friend to join them on a road trip, and it's just the risk she's been craving-the opportunity to escape. But what starts out as a fun, sexy journey quickly becomes dangerous when she discovers that one of them is not at all who he claims to be. One of them has deadly intentions. A road trip fling turns terrifying in this contemporary story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
Arcadia has had to give up just about everything since her mom died… her boyfriend, soccer… and her free time. Any time she thought she had for herself was quickly replaced with time spent raising her younger brother.
When she decides to finally have a night to herself, she heads up to a local campfire party and meets two guys who are definitely NOT local. She decides this is her chance to have some fun and takes it.
Heading out on a road trip is exactly the kind of fun she’s been looking for.
Okay, let me just get this out of the way … Arcadia does some really stupid things. REALLY STUPID. There, done… finished. Let me move on, because while this certainly influenced my final rating of the book, I totally enjoyed all other aspects of this story.
BUT despite those stupid choices… she really is smart, and she’s strong and headstrong and I loved her.
Doller writes amazing … there’s no getting around that, and if you’ve read her other books you already know that. So that definitely allows me to look past the poor choices of a character and look at the story a bit deeper.
The story itself is just so creepy and wonderful. I love stuff that can keep me on the edge of my seat wondering what is going to happen next and Doller does that here. Even once you know who the bad guy is… you’re still so totally invested in the story that you can’t stop, and that, for me, wins every single time.
If you’re a fan of creepy and suspenseful, you’re going to want to grab this one as soon as you can!
Thank you to Bloomsbury for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.