Library Journal Review
Gr 10 Up-Emmie is living with her dad again after a traumatic year with her mom. She took a plea deal requiring a lot of community service and testifying against her mom's drug dealer, Nick. On her community service, Emmie meets bad-boy hockey player Max. He is instantly taken with Emmie, who isn't interested. After a series of encounters, Max and Emmie's feelings for each other grow, following a predictable relationship plotline. Imprisoned Nick looms large as his friends continue to threaten Emmie. Max and Emmie are slow to trust each other and reveal their troubled pasts, yet are ultimately able to overcome their fears together. There are descriptions of drug use and nongraphic discussion about rape and assault. Brown creates balance between the thriller aspects of Nick's revenge and the romance between the teens, which keeps the narrative engaging. VERDICT A good purchase for libraries seeking redemptive bad-boy romances.-Cyndi Hamann, Crystal Lake Public Library, IL © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Emmie O'Brien spent a year in chaos while living with her drug-addicted mother. After some time in jail, Emmie tries to return to a normal life, living with her dad. Her first day back at her old school proves unexpectedly interesting when she meets Max, a hockey player who takes a strong liking to Emmie much to her chagrin. When her mother's drug dealer, Nick, comes for revenge after Emmie testifies against him, she acknowledges her intense romantic feelings for Max and realizes how much she needs him. Brown's latest is brimming with passion and suspense as Emmie and Max fight their demons of emotional abuse and anger management and become closer romantically. Reminiscent of Katie McGarry's Say You'll Remember Me (2018), the book reveals Emmie's emotional abuse from Nick that she has to overcome as she tries to open her heart to Max. With a gripping plot from the beginning, Brown's enticing novel reads from both Max's and Emmie's perspectives as they both slowly reveal their pasts.--Patterson, Savannah Copyright 2018 Booklist