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Melt (The Rough Romance Trilogy) Kindle Edition
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What I liked most was that I was in the moment with the characters - in the room with them, by the river, at that same Dunkin' Donuts. The writing transported me to where Dorothy and Joey were. Through the good and the bad. I wasn't just reading a book, I was witness to this story and this was quite a different experience from many books that I read.
Joey and Dorothy's relationship is immediate, yet it isn't romanticized. They are instantly drawn to one another in a way that I could honestly believe. Sometimes you can feel a person's presence and you are convinced that this is someone that you need to know. That's how it was for Joey and Dorothy.
I loved the stylistic writing used to distinguish Joey and Dorothy's perspectives. Joey's voice is clipped, almost staccato as we learn the horrors that he has to deal with at home. It is like he needs to tell his story fast, to get it out, get it over with. Dorothy's perspective is more narrative, descriptive, she takes the time to tell what she's thinking. The styles shift and change as their perspectives and situations change and this was completely organic to the story.
Here are some notable quotes that stuck with me:
"I couldn't help him. I could hold him, hold space for him -- but I couldn't save him. He had to find his own way through." (Dorothy, page 57)
"In the dark you know things can't get worse so you can finally rest some." (Joey, pages 95-96)
"Apparently an open mind closes real fast when your sixteen year old daughter's involved." (Dorothy, page 101)
"And the ironic thing is, I'd love to talk to them. I'd love to tell them how things have been, to get their advice on everything that's been happening, good and bad. It's all been so new, so much . . ." (Dorothy, page 103)
Melt is a moving book that I couldn't stop reading until the very end. And when I did finish those last pages, all I could think was - Wow, that happened. And it was powerful.
I hope this book makes it in the hands of many readers.
Selene's use of broken phrases to show her character's state helps make this a fast read, but they also provide a unique visual experience in the reading, creating a visceral sense of the male main character.
The ties to The Wizard of Oz give this romance a more literary bent.
I finished the book in October and have been meaning to write since then. The fact that I haven't forgotten alone says something about the power of the story. It doesn't contain an extra moment, character, or word. Everything is as the story needs it to be.
The dark themes lead to light and hope for the characters although their journey is just beginning.
This author, as in her previous novels, Saved by the Music and The Girl Next Door, does an exceptional job of mining deep into the heart of the teen experience addressing such issues as alcoholism and domestic violence (in Melt) while creating vivid characters you genuinely care about.
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Melt is about Dorothy and Joey, rotating point of views between the two.Read more