Source: Purchased eBook
Katelyn is waiting to turn eighteen but not for the reasons most teens would. Katelyn needs to get away from her mom and take her brother with her. Moving around every few months, sometimes homeless and almost always hungry, Katelyn is used to changing schools and keeping her personal life hidden. When she arrives in Montana during her senior year, it's just one more school as she waits for someday soon. What she doesn't expect is how comfortable Max is to be around or how quickly her heart becomes involved. She can't risk a relationship with him, even if he's as hot as they come and only has eyes for her. She has to stay away as much for him as for her. But will Max agree?
5 stars - Wow this book rocks!
This is my first Tiffany King book but I won't be the last. Damn girl, this book rocks! There are some heavy topics in the book and I my heart was tore apart for Katelyn and her brother Kevin. Their lives suck big time and I am amazed at how much their suffering causes both of them to grow up well before their time. Katelyn is strong and she protects her brother at great cost to herself. You have to admire her for that. Katelyn is awesome. Then she meets Max. I love Max. He sees her for who she is from the start. He doesn't care that she's poor and he really wants to protect her. As Katelyn fights against the relationship, the tension between them builds and I don't mean anger here! The chemistry just gets hotter and hotter. But Max is determined and patient, which I love about him.
This is a fast read that will have you cheering and sometimes crying but it's never depressing because Katelyn won't let it be. If you like YA contemporary, then this is a must read!
I must say that as a teacher, this is a hard story for me. I feel like Katelyn's teachers let her down through the years. I'm glad that current laws require me to report immediately if I suspect anything like this happening. I don't ever want to let a Katelyn down.