It only took one moment of weakness for Laney Keating’s world to fall apart. One stupid gesture for a hopeless crush. Then the rumors began. Slut, they called her. Queer. Psycho. Mentally ill, messed up, so messed up even her own mother decided she wasn’t worth sticking around for.
If Laney could erase that whole year, she would. College is her chance to start with a clean slate.
She’s not looking for new friends, but they find her: charming, handsome Armin, the only guy patient enough to work through her thorny defenses—and fiery, filterless Blythe, the bad girl and partner in crime who has thorns of her own.
But Laney knows nothing good ever lasts. When a ghost from her past resurfaces—the bully who broke her down completely—she decides it’s time to live up to her own legend. And Armin and Blythe are going to help.
Which was the plan all along.
Because the rumors are true. Every single one. And Laney is going to show them just how true.
She’s going to show them all.
**Warning** Give yourself plenty of time to read this book, in a quiet place, with NO distractions. Once you start, you will NOT want to put it down….and you NEED to pay attention to EVERY little detail. I LOVE this kind of book, the kind that makes you really think, down deep. There is no good way for me to do this review without ruining it for you. I apologize for the choppiness of this but I just want to hit a few key points so you can see just what I’m talking about.
Laney is a broken girl, we know this from the very beginning of this book. She tells us her story in bits and pieces….leading us along, making us THINK we know what is happening.
We listen to her talk about her new “friends” (I use that term loosely) Armin and Blythe…
“But here were a girl and boy too brainy and bizarre to fit in with the red-cup-and-condom crowd, and already I was half in love with them both.”
…affectionately and almost lovingly (or so you would think – again, we never really know what we think we do).
The whole book feeds you information one crumb at a time. Sometimes painstakingly slowly, this however just adds to the effect of the mystery. Laney has a goal, she is determined and set on a path of destruction.
“There is a goal, I thought. Remember that. This is a means to an end.”
I was pulling my hair out trying to figure it all out. Her past, her present, her brother, an acquaintance, her new “friends”….just wait until you see where it all leads.
About the Author
Leah Raeder is a writer and unabashed nerd. Aside from reading her brains out, she enjoys graphic design, video games, fine whiskey, and the art of self-deprecation. She lives with her very own manic pixie dream boy in Chicago. Visit her at LeahRaeder.com.