The tag-line on the cover pretty much says it all. This is a good choice for reluctant readers or readers who don’t believe in fairy tales.
Righteous, or Ria, lives a solitary teen life. Her only friend is a senior citizen with dementia. Her home life is a revolving trailer door of losers her mother brings home. School is a place to be endured, and a sometimes sanctuary from her mom. Then Colt Jackson shows up, and though rumors hint he is dangerous, he works his way slowly past some of Ria’s barriers. When everything starts to fall apart, Ria has to decide whether Colt’s friendship is worth the risk or if he is just another person who will betray her as a long line of people have done before him. A fast read and a realistic look at life through the eyes of a kid who is in the process of falling through the cracks, this is a good option for reluctant readers. The grinding reality of Ria’s life isn’t improved by the jaded measures she takes to protect herself from being hurt emotionally, but they will ring true to readers, especially when brief flashbacks throughout the story reveal exactly how people have let her down in the past. While I wanted good things to happen for Ria, I think her cynicism rubbed off on me. Even her few small, believable victories seemed too good to be true at times. Teens will relate to this story and find some inspiration for hope and happiness in Ria’s journey. Language and situations are suitable for high school readers.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.