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Blurb (from Goodreads):From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a riveting new story about friendship, survival and finding your voice
For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory "Mouse" Dodge, it's a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it's been four years since her nightmare ended, she's beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.
Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she's imagined, there's one she never dreamed of—that she'd run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn't seen since childhood, on her very first day.
It doesn't take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she's not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider's life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants and the truths that need to be heard.
My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars
This was a YA contemporary romance about two teenagers raised in the foster system.
Mallory was an okay character and she was really lucky to end up with the parents she ended up with. She’d obviously had a pretty rough childhood, and I could see why she tried to keep quiet most of the time, but she really did find herself in a really good position, even if it was hard for her to see it at times.
The storyline in this was about Mallory meeting Rider, a boy that she’d lived with in the foster care system who had saved her life by protecting her from abusive foster parents. We then got a romance developing between Mallory and Rider, but the pace in this was really slow, which made it seem like nothing was really happening.
The ending to this was okay, and things worked out pretty well in the end, the pace just let this book down though.
6.5 out of 10