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NA in general is very, very romance centered. While One Last Song has a strong romantic subplot and a fabulous love interest, it is not the main story being told. The main story is Saylor's rocky road to recovery. She craves attention from her emotionally absent mother and abuses herself nearly all of her life for it. The first several chapters are squeamish (for me) and gutting as they unfold Saylor's obsession with pain and sickness. When she finds herself befriending the members of her support group and receiving a new kind of attention, she embarks on a difficult but gorgeous inward journey.
Self-harm is a huge role in the story so please read with care.
One Last Song is a dark romance where a girl named Saylor pretends to be sick and falls in love with a guy who really is ill. Drew assumed she was there for a support group, but in actuality she was volunteering at the hospital. The problem is he doesn't know she's pretending, and she doesn't want to lose him so she keeps lying to him.
She's been diagnosed with Munchhausen syndrome and borderline personality disorder. People with Munchhausen feign illness because they want attention and sympathy. From what I know about this syndrome (I have a B.A. in Psychology), Falls (the author, who has a degree in Psych, too) hits it on the mark with Saylor's symptoms. Saylor is written to be very knowledgeable about medical procedures and can cause herself to get sick enough to need long-term treatment at times.
The role of patient is familiar and comforting to Saylor and fills a psychological need that she has, which is that her parents are emotionally unavailable to her. She has an awful relationship with her mom and dad - they both ignore her and go to painful lengths to do it. You wouldn't believe how much they don't pay attention to what she's doing, and they never show her love. I don't know how I would handle that situation if I were her. It's not something I want to think about.
I felt highly uncomfortable at times while reading One Last Song because I knew it was only a matter of time before her secret would come out. She kept putting it off, and I was dying inside a little bit more each time she had the opportunity to spill. I wanted to ask her why didn't she just tell the group, especially Drew, she wasn't there for the support group? But the disease had taken hold of her, and she felt that her behavior was all that was keeping her together.
Falls has done the impossible and made me empathize and care about this girl. One Last Song takes a look at far more than this predicament this girl is in. This takes a look at life and death, and she sees that what she's been doing is child's play compared to what these teens actually facing death are looking at.
The main character, Saylor is a girl that from the summary you will see swallows needles. In the book, you learn it is because she has Munchausen's Syndrome. Munchausen's Syndrome is not something that I was terribly familiar with prior to reading One Last Song. I knew the quick superficial idea of what it was, and that was it. But it made reading Saylor's story completely riveting to me. I loved how deeply the author, S.K. Falls goes into describing the disorder. And after reading this book, I hate to put it as simply as Saylor was swallowing needles for attention. That is how I would have described it when I started reading the book, but by the end of it, you know there is more to it than that. This is one of those books that you have to read it for yourself to discover its' magic.
There is a romance in One Last Song, but it was not what I have come to expect from my romances. Especially in the New Adult age group. I would say that the romance is secondary to the bigger issue of Saylor's character growth and personal journey in the story. And Saylor's character growth is very realistic. It is not linear, it is very up and down. She has so many setbacks, mostly because of her habitual lying. It shaped so many of her relationships, especially those with the people she met from the TIDD group, or the Terminal Illness Degenerative Diseases.
I am very used to books that make me feel warm squishy feelings. This is not one of those books. This will break your heart, make you feel frustrated, and will bring you down a path of ugly emotion. It is a dark and gritty story. But one that is oh so worth it. One Last Song took me so far out of my "reading comfort zone" and it surprised me in so many ways. S.K. Falls kind of blew me away with all the emotions she evoked in me while reading One Last Song. This was a book that I had no idea what I was signing up for, but one that I needed to read and experience. I loved it.
*Disclaimer- I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my thoughts.
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