New town. New look. New beginning. High school junior Ryan Quinn has a past. She will do just about anything to keep it hidden, even if it means joining the ultra-conservative, no fun allowed, Purity Club. But secrets are hard to keep in a small town and when the Purity Club girls discover the truth, they viciously attack Ryan.
Justin is the kind of guy who can make Ryan forget her vow to change. He’s the kind of guy she should avoid at all costs. But he knows her soul secrets. He understands her and it is torture when she is away from him. But as she deals with the outward scars on her face and the inward shame of her past and Justin’s home life continues to spiral out of control, their relationship becomes as convoluted as their home life. Will they find the courage to open their hearts to each other in spite of their family drama?
Hickville Confessions is a very strange book. Not necessarily strange bad, but strange…strange. It’s second in a series, but you don’t have to read the first book in order to enjoy the story. The pace is good and the writing is quite engaging–I went through it pretty quickly, reading over half of it in just a few hours–but at the end of the book, I wasn’t quite sure what the story was about, exactly.
We open with Ryan Quinn being assaulted by her “friends” from the Purity Club at school. Justin Hayes sees the attack and ends up rescuing her, and there begins their friendship. The book largely deals with Ryan’s physical and emotional healing after being assaulted and the pain that comes with that. Justin’s family issues are also discussed.
When I finished the book, though, I felt really confused. The only plot point that seemed to be resolved at all was (SPOILER) Justin and Ryan beginning a romantic relationship (END SPOILER), and that happened at the halfway point of the book. The conflict between Ryan and the PC girls, specifically with Macey Brown, is not resolved at all, and we never find out more about Macey’s home life, which is hinted at in the beginning. I understand it’s a series, but I expected to have more resolved than the obvious.
There were other details that made the story a little less believable. It was an enjoyable read, but I don’t think I’ll be reading the rest of the series.
|I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.|
Following a career as a nursing instructor, award-winning author Mary Karlik earned an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania. A native Texan, Mary loves horses, dogs, cats, and small town diners Although she has recently relocated to northern New Mexico, her heart remains in the Lone Star state.
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