- Publisher: SPEAK
- Format: Paperback | 250 pages
- Dimensions: 137mm x 211mm x 20mm | 272g
- Publication date: 5 November 2004
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0142401757
- ISBN 13: 9780142401750
- Sales rank: 13,519
Love can be a very dangerous thing. After her sister left, Caitlin felt lost. Then she met Rogerson. When she's with him, nothing seems real. But what happens when being with Rogerson becomes a larger problem than being without him? "Another pitch-perfect offering from Dessen." --"Booklist," starred review Also by Sarah Dessen: "Along for the Ride Just Listen Keeping the Moon Lock and Key The Moon and More Someone Like You That Summer This Lullaby The Truth About Forever What Happened to Goodbye"
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Sarah Dessen is one of the most popular writers for young adults. She is the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of many novels, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews, and have sold more than seven million copies. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine. Visit her online at www.sarahdessen.com.
By Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books) 20 Sep 2010
This is a raw read, but beautifully written. It is quite a journey, but I could really feel where Caitlin, the main character, is coming from, why she made the decisions she did, and how an abusive relationship could develop.
The relationship between Caitlin and her sister Cass is well done, and it is heartbreaking to read and feel with Caitlin when her sister leaves home. She is jealous of her, the seemingly perfect sister, but she loves her and they know each other really well.
The story gets difficult when Caitlin decides to remake herself, and be what Cass was not. She joins cheerleading, which she hates, and then meets Rogerson, the mysterious hair boy. She falls in love with him, and gets past his walls. But he is abused, and then the abuse begins with Caitlin. She goes into this dreamlike state, and tries to deny what is happening to her, that it is not the real Rogerson that does these things to her, but as they happen more and more, she hides it while desperate to be found out.
It really shows how someone abused can feel trapped, and not want to leave because they love the abuser, and often the abuser has a second side, who is sweet, smart, and loveable.
Dessen's writing is beautiful, and leaves you wanting more.
"It's not only the plot that's vivid; the characters are also intensely real. Another pitch-perfect offering from Dessen." ("Booklist," starred review)