Reviews from beta readers -
(Five Stars) Taylor H - I enjoyed it! Paced well for a novella, time cues really help. I loved seeing Mia and Gage's relationship develop. It felt natural and to know it's based off a true story is even better.
(Five Stars) E.S - OMG...It is so good. I think a lot of people don't realize that domestic violence happens A LOT in young relationships. As someone who's been in this position, it felt real. Mia's actions are normal...it took a lot for her to let Gage in..but when she did, she felt safe and latched on to that safe feeling. You nailed Mia perfectly. Gage is struggling with his parents and that resonates really well I fell. I think you did a great job with this story ❤
(Five Stars) Erin Lee - Reading Rescue Me got me even more excited about the Escape From Reality Series than I already was. Sara Schoen has teamed up with 20 authors to create a cool town with all kinds of interesting characters. My favorite was Gage, who is both realistically flawed and still Mia's "rescuer". I loved Mia's interactions with her mother and how deeply developed her character is - torn between wanting a new life after domestic violence and wanting to stay connected to her past and family. This book is also a realistic picture of what people who have survived domestic violence deal with when trying to move on with their lives. The relationship between Mia and Gage evolved in a way that makes sense. I thought Kayla, Gage's sister, was a great addition to this story too and hope she stays in the series. Her flair for the dramatic made me laugh. I found myself laughing more than once in this fun, yet serious, contemporary story of new beginnings and hope. Great job, Sara! I'm excited to see where Taylor Henderson takes Becca's character in book two of the series and hopes she keeps Gage and Mia's story going....
(Four Stars) Ebony - ***I read an advanced pre-edited copy of Rescue Me...in exchange for my honest opinion of the story***I LOVED this short novella from Sara Schoen!!! This story is about a young girl running from her troubled past. Her demons eventually catch up to her, but she is able to survive and overcome them because of the new relationships that she has formed in her new life. This is a cautionary tale about the dangers of domestic violence. A perfect read for older teens and young adults!!!This book is well written and tells a good story. It is a great introduction to the Escape From Reality Series!!! I can't wait to read more from Sara and more from this series!!!