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Safer Outside (A Mature YA Romance) (The Outside Series Book 1) by [Renee, Kristina]
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Kristina Renee isn't afraid to tackle tough issues. Neither is Liz, the heroine of her new novel, Safer Outside
Fifteen year old high school sophomore, Liz, seeks to reinvent herself after losing twenty pounds. But her troubles at home continue to weigh her down. Liz takes on the role of parent and protector of her younger siblings...something her mother can't or won't do. But when Liz's creepy, drug-dealing stepfather's leering and suggestive comments progress to something much worse, Liz has to protect herself.
Logan, has a touch of alpha male in him, but it's his sweet, romantic temperament that draws you in and won't let go.
I cheered for Liz, sighed over Logan, got frustrated with her cowardly mother and wanted to kill her stepfather. 
Safer Outside is not be suitable for younger teens or those offended by sexual content. I highly recommend it for older, mature teens and adults that like a good romance grounded in reality. -- Charlotte Abel: Bestselling author of The Channie Series

The story of Liz immediately sucks you in. She's strong, intelligent, humble, and an amazing woman that can overcome some serious issues. When Logan comes along, sweet and sexy, that's when it got REALLY good. I kept reading and reading...ignoring the basic necessities like food and sleep. The story is well-written, unpredictable, and a reminder of how strong people can become even when they are at the lowest point in their lives. Logan is the alpha male that I look for in a good book. I've enjoyed this and recommended it to my friends. It's a good way to escape reality, diving into a story that grips you from the beginning. Liz's witty and sarcastic thoughts is the best part. I definitely laughed a few times.   
-- NA Author E.L. Todd

About the Author

Kristina Renee was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. She married her high school sweetheart after college and they have two sweet and adventurous sons. She spends her time chauffeuring her kids around and doing technical marketing but when she can escape, she loves reading, writing and editing. Learn more at

Product Details

  • File Size: 3923 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Surrendered Press (January 20, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 20, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HRK20O0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #668,882 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I got this book as a gift from the author in return for an honest review.

When I first began to read the book I was a bit concerned because of the age of the characters. Liz is 15 and Logan is 17. I have a 15 year old and to say that he is an mature as Liz would be an understatement. As I continued to read I forgot that Liz was only 15. I'm not blind. I know that teens have sexual encounters and real relationships. Liz was mature for her age because of all of the crap that she had to endure at her home. The author made me feel for Liz. I cried for her. I smiled at the way that Logan treated her. I was happy that her best friend's family helped her. I can't imagine having that much responsibility at the age of 15. She tried so hard to care for her siblings while still trying to have a life of her own. There is no cliffhanger. I would have like to have had dual point of views (those are my favorites). I feel that the rest of the story was left untold, but I understand that they are only young teens and they have a lot of story left in them. I guess it's up to the readers' imagination as to where their story goes.
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** I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review **

I don't usually read young adult books because I find them to be for the most part too juvenile for me but after reading Safer Outside, I may have been persuaded otherwise!
This is a sad and yet hopeful book to read...difficult because it deals with abuse (both physical and emotional) and a 15 year old girl as she attempts to have a better life for herself, her mother and younger siblings.
I could really relate to Beth/Liz and her struggle to get past where she came from and her attempt to fit in with all the mean girls who had wealth and pretty looks. A lot of teens suffer from low self esteem and weight problems and would give anything to look right, dress in the latest fashions and land the cutest boy in school.
This story is filled with a fair amount of teenage angst, some violent drama and scenes of sexuality and realistic first encounters better suited to older teenage readers. It was an enjoyable at times, but emotionally difficult read as it hit a little too close to reality for me!

****4**** sweet but salty coming of age stars =)
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I work with a lot of 13-18 year old girls through my church group. I am always trying to find ways to connect with them, or help them broaden their understanding of the world around them. In some ways you wish that they never had to know about the ugliness out there, but on the other hand you feel completely guilty if they aren’t at least mentally prepared for it. This book helps show a side of life that is hard, but in a gentle way that helps the reader understand it without judgment. It is well written, and has well developed characters. The romance in the story is really quite sweet, and definitely age appropriate. In my more honest moments, I prefer YA romances to adult ones anyway. I would recommend this book to most of the girls I work with, and especially to ones who might be having a hard time at home.
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When it's safer outside, where do you go?

Elizabeth "Liz" is excited for a fresh start at a new school. With only a hand full of people knowing "Beefy Beth" from middle school, she couldn't be more ready for the new place to escape to.

On her first day of school, Liz meets Logan. To her surprise, he thinks she's beautiful. With everything going on in Liz's life, she doesn't want to get close to him for fear of her home life putting Logan in jeopardy.

"She comes from trash and I wouldn't want you to get dirty."- Mandy

Having a mother who has lost herself a long time ago, two younger siblings who needs her to be their protector and an abusive step-father, who terrorizes them all at any chance he can. Liz finds different way's to escape her home life, because the outside is always safer than the inside.

"Your secret is safe with me. All of your secrets."- Logan

With things heating up with Liz and Logan, Liz fears he will get hurt. In turn she would rather lose her first love by breaking his heart, than by him running away in fear of her home life.

Can Liz let go of her fears, accept Logan is in her life to stay or will everything around her crumble? Will Liz be able to show Logan the real Elizabeth and can he accept it?

Safer Outside is a journey of friendship, heartache, love and loss. You will fall in love with these characters Kristian Renee gave us. Logan is just the perfect boy you would have wanted to date in high school. He has this sweet side and tough side. I just wanted to squeeze him! This story was having me flash back to the day's of my teenage life and bringing back old memories. For a debut novel, Kristina hit it out of the ball park!!
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*** I was given an ARC of this book by the author for an honest review ***

Wow... I literally just finished this book and am sitting here a little stunned by how much I liked it.

It's the first Book in the "Outside" series and when the others come out I will get them to read. So onto THIS book.

Safer Outside is about a teenager returning to her old school district after two years away. While insecure about her looks (what teen girl isn't), she isn't shy about her thoughts or her feelings about her creepy step-father, her mom, her friends, and her boyfriend - Logan.

I had a feeling once introduced to the creepy step-father about where the book was headed and I admit, I didn't want to go there, but I wanted to see just how strong Liz had grown over the course of the book. I wanted to see just how she would handle herself. She's a doting big sister when she's home despite the stress of the situation time and time again.

And the alpha-maturity that Logan shows kind of made me forget that he's just a senior in high school.

Liz and Logan's circle of friends are pretty welcoming people that while not knowing their back histories, you want to welcome too just because of how their interaction is with each other.

If Book 2 is a follow up or continuation of Liz and Logan or any of their friends, I can't wait to see what happens next.

All in all I think that as a first book, Kristina Renee did a pretty good job. She pulled me in and I didn't put the book down.
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