There are some things you just can't walk away from.When sleeping in vacant warehouses and dark alleys becomes preferable to living at home, something is seriously wrong. But when word reaches Allie that her mother is facing a life threatening illness, she has no choice but to return to the place of nightmares. Leaving wasn't a choice, it was a necessity, and if returning hadn't been equally necessary, Allie never would have set foot back inside that hell-hole.Dean is no stranger to hardship, but the day Allie walked out of his life, taking his heart right along with her, was hands-down the most frustrating. Six months later, she's back and Dean refuses to rest until he figures out exactly what the hell happened.Now, Allie's drowning. Drowning in lies. Drowning in the truth. Drowning in pain, and anger, and fear. But there comes a time when every drowning person must decide whether they will . . . Sink or Swim?
*I was given an arc for an honest review.*
This is a YA novel
If you haven't read Jamie's first book in this series, I suggest that you do. While it won't matter too much to Sink or Swim, through Jay and Em's story in Fight or Flight, you get a better perspective of Allie's life on the streets. I really liked this book. I found myself lost in the story and at times I didn't want to stop reading. Did I feel the storyline was similar to others that deal in similar situations? Yea...kinda, but there was a pull it had on me.
I had a hard time picturing the characters and it took me awhile, but I created my own cast based off subtle hints throughout the book.
"Leaving hadn't been a choice, it'd been a necessity."
Allie comes back to her hometown after being gone for 6 months living on the streets. Her mother was dying from cancer and that was the only thing that brought her home to her abusive father. While she preferred street life to her old home life, Allie needed the last moments she could get with her mother even though her father certainly didn't make her return easy.
"I couldn't breathe. Because you're my air, Allie."
Dean had loved Allie for 6 years. Once she returned he was determined she'd never leave him again not realizing the danger Allie's home life brought to her. Dean was a good student and hard worker who gave all he had to his mother and two sisters. Dean was sweet and I liked how protective he was of his girls.
"Moments like this -wrapped in Dean's arms- were just about the only times she'd felt perfectly safe for years. Like playing tag as children, when no one could touch you as long as you were on base? Dean was Allie's base. As long as she was in his arms, she was protected."
"His lips pressed against the sensitive skin of her ear and his warm breath washed down her neck as he leaned in to whisper, "I'll keep you safe."
Through heated arguments, endearing kisses, and heartbreaking secrets, you'll find yourself wishing for the couple's happily ever after. I certainly clung to the pages and did.
"Allison Porter, you have been a part -the best part- of my life for as long as I can remember."
"Were they really destined to spend their lives separated by only a street, watching each other suffer, but being unable to do a thing about it? Was their love story really destined to be a goddamn tragedy?"
Find out in Sink or Swim....
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