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Although I thought the story was very good, it is more about abuse than it is about anything else. As one who suffers from depression, I would recommend that those with depression skip this book. I suffered anxiety attacks while I was reading this. I realized that I had to finish this story or I would continue having the anxiety attacks as I dwelled on the situations. (Hopefully they will go away now that I am done with this book and will be moving on to something happier.) Some of the causes of my depression are similar to topics covered here, but most are unrelated, yet the writing is so well done that that didn't matter.
So, my recommendation is that you read the synopsis before you read this book, and don't expect a romance here.
The primary characters were well developed and Lola was well written as the frightened abused girl who had to dig deep to find the courage she needed to survive. Jack was amazing - I loved Jack. He was strong yet so incredibly vulnerable as he struggled to navigate through a life as filled with misery as Lola's. The two of them were like kindred spirits but would they be there for each other when it really mattered? Lola's mother was well portrayed as the trapped and depressed woman who couldn't or wouldn't intervene to help her daughter. Lola's stepfather was so well described that it made me uncomfortable - he was positively gross, icky, disgusting - the type of man you would cross a busy street just to get away from. Ew!
The secondary characters, especially Sebastian and Roxanne, were an integral part of the story and were as well written as the primary characters. Sebastian was Lola's best friend until he just wasn't anymore and, after a year of them not speaking to each other, he was suddenly determined to find out why she walked away from their friendship. She would be very grateful for that determination.
There were a few little things that bothered me about the story - it was a little too "neat" and melodramatic at times, but the strong character development and the imagery the author created negated those concerns. The physical violence was fairly tame when you compare it to other books of this nature. There was a lot of focus on the verbal abuse Lola suffered and the psychological fall out from that - fear for her friends, her mother and herself and that added an interesting dimension to the story.
All in all this was a really good book and I would definitely like to read more from this author in the future.
Lola feels alone, her home life is miserable, she feels abandoned by her mother and she has pushed away all who were close to her.......to protect them......only no one knows that.
Sebastian, Lola's best friend doesn't understand why she doesn't want anything to do with him anymore and is hurt by it......but he has his suspicions.
Jack, is in a similar situation to Lola and together they help each other be just strong enough to try and break loose.
Loved this book, as with any book written by Lindy, but this one really hit a tender spot.
I finally picked up Safe and Sound because I'd just given up on a book I just couldn't finish--not Lindy's--and I needed a book I could trust to get my head out of the unpleasant story I'd bailed on. I knew I could trust Zart and she didn't let me down. :)
This one is a bit sad, scary, but hopeful, and maybe relatable for some. I think I chewed the inside of my cheek raw before I realized what I was doing.