From School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—Arizona teen Emma Lorde has a complicated home life. Her parents have divorced, and she's furious with her mother, whose infidelity was a factor in the marriage's dissolution. Emma moved across the state to live with her dad, whose binge drinking has become a big liability. But she believes she has found salvation in her boyfriend, Dillon, who provides her with a safe place and shared friends at school and has made a commitment to be with her forever. Dillon's life is also difficult, though, and when Emma receives a dream opportunity for a study abroad program, his surprising negative reaction begins the downward spiral of their relationship. As he starts to question Emma's devotion to him, love turns into manipulation and abuse. With a fresh voice, Dominy adeptly depicts how love can grow dark and that abuse isn't always physical. Never gratuitous, the strong language and sexual situations add to the authenticity of the narrative. VERDICT Teens looking for stories of romance gone wrong will enjoy this quick read. A good purchase for most YA collections.—Elaine Baran Black, Georgia Public Library Service, Atlanta
"This taut thriller unrolls hidden messages of abusive relationships with a sharp edge and well-drawn gray areas, leaving readers on the edge of their seats."
- Booklist"In this delicate, tense exploration of teenage relationship abuse, both the slow progression of Dillon's illness and Emma's refusal to see the signs until it is nearly too late ring true. The violence is handled sensitively, and readers are left hopeful for Emma's recovery. A perceptive portrait of relationship abuse."
- Kirkus "With a fresh voice, Dominy adeptly depicts how love can grow dark and that abuse isn't always physical."
--School Library Journal"I can't recommend it enough."
--Gae Polisner, author of The Memory of Things