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Lia has had a tough run, she's a young woman on the cusp of adulthood, she's stronger than most teens I've met, between the death of one parent and fighting depression and addiction with the other has left her floundering, struggling to keep a smile on her face to hide the pain in her eyes, there's so much of this I could relate to, watching someone you love waste away while struggling with addiction is a blackness that steals your breath, there's a darkness that settles over you, blocking out the light, there's fear and shame, and hurt and pain mixed in to feelings of helplessness because it's not really your battle to fight, if I sound a little vague here it's because I need to, there's so many secret tied into How To Save A Life and you need to unravel them, and discover them on your own. Lia is biding her time with her boyfriend Duke and her best friend Kat until she can move away from the pain and hurt of her life and find something easier, better, a life that won't drag her further into the darkness each day.
Jase has a sexiness to him that wasn't based on looks or physique, he had a strength that belies someone who's seen more than they let on, see's deeper into people than they want to show, he see's deeper into Lia than she's comfortable showing, it's this depth that captivated me, this innate need to discover everything he's hiding, to unriddle his secrets and lies, for him to be a support for Lia as she traverses the tight rope she's walking, I wanted these two to find a sense of strength and support in the other.
How To Save A Life is more than just a book about a young girl coming of age, it's about more than death and the fallout it causes, it's about more than battling addiction in it's many forms, and it's about more than opening yourself up and allowing people in, willingly making yourself vulnerable, there's so many beautiful lessons in this book, that at times I felt deep down in my soul, I wanted to climb inside McKellar's words and hold Lia, to tell her things would get better, let her know that she couldn't shoulder the weight of her family on her shoulders, but despite this there were moments where a disconnect crept in, stopping me from crossing the five lipstick line, there's a strength in McKellar's writing that undoubtedly captivates and enchants and I can't wait to see where she goes next.
How to Save A Life follows Lia as she's about to graduate high-school, and to try out for a music scholarship. All she wants is to escape Emerald Cove and her past. Lia's past is full of heart break and of her growing up too fast for her age. The things Lia has gone through are horrific and my heart broke for her multiple times during this read.
Throughout this book we start to get more of Lia's past and what she's gone through in the past eighteen months. We see her get her heart broken, pushing people who care away, and her trying to move forward. Seeing her mother and how she handled things made my heart hurt for Lia. Lia knows she can't force her mom to get help, but doesn't want to lose her mom, so she's in a bind, and then her mom brings around some pretty shady people who I immediately didn't trust, and couldn't believe that Lia ignored her feelings about some of them... but she's young and wants to believe that there is good in people.
This story is heart-breaking beautiful and one I was unable to put down as soon as I picked it up. Lia's story tore at my heartstrings and made me want to see something good and happy happen to her. There are glimpses throughout this book that you can see that there is happiness in this story, but it takes a while for Lia to get her HEA and for things to work out for her. The things she has to go through and the things she's put through are something no one should ever have to go through, but Lia's character is strong, beautiful, and had an amazing heart and was able to pull through.
This is the first book of Lauren McKellar's that I've read and I will definitely be picking up more books by her. Her writing is beautiful and she made this story come to life on my Kindle and I felt as if I was there with the characters experiencing all of their pain, sorrow, and happiness right along with them.
If you're looking for something different, definitely pick up How To Save A Life today, it is a book that will stay with you for quite some time after reading "The End".
She meets the one shining star in her life, Jase, but she screws it up by lying. He does, however become her savior, in what could possibly called one of the better endings I've read in a book for a long while. Finally Lia gets what she's always looked for and always deserved. Love.
I received this book for free in exchange for a free review. I am reviewing this book for Kylie's Fiction Addiction.
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