“Your daughter is special”
Special, that was an interesting word for it. More like broken. Broken and scared she was losing her mind. Or maybe she’d already lost it. Thoughts, images, ideas that had no business in the mind of a child raced through her brain, taking over her consciousness until all she could do was shut down and let them run. There was no room for her. Maybe there wasn’t really a “her” underneath all the noise. The only thing that tethered her to her body, to the here and now was the pain. Careful always to hide the marks, Natalie relied on her knife to feel alive.
Sent to a college she couldn’t remember applying to on a scholarship she didn’t try for, Natalie clung to the hope that she could hide her madness from the family it was destroying. Alone at last she would finally have some modicum of peace, right?
Luka took the assignment reluctantly. In his Senior year, she was the last “special” student he would have to work with before heading off to intern and hopefully land the job, start the life his family had planned for him. The same one they wanted for his sister before she took her life.
Two broken souls with a rare ability in common, Luka and Natalie form a friendship that promises to heal them both until fate intervenes. Faced with a lie so great it threatens all Natalie has come to believe, she must make a choice: lie down and accept it or fight for those she loves.
Bob and Valerie find out that their daughter Natalie is a cutter when the school noticed they ordered testing. Bob and Valerie wanting to keep her being different a secret so others won't tease her. After the some testing is done Dr. Spencer says "Natalie’s issues are relatively minor and there is no reason why with counseling and medication we can’t keep her as a student at this school." Her parents just think it's going to go away until they learn she needs treatment. With help from counselors and teachers she makes it through high school. She get accepted into college and that is where she meets Ivy a teacher who is helping her get the voices under manage without meds. She also introduces her to Luka he is just like she is and she learns that. Luka and Ivy teach Natalie how to cope with the voices. She is attracted to Luka and working with him so much makes it hard since he can hear her thoughts. Will they get together before he graduates and leaves for work. There is a place they all work and Luca and Ivy are going to work there and there will be some dramatic things that happens.
Very well written. Story flows wonerfully. Valerie is a character that i relate to . A girl struggling with life and herself.
4 stars A wonderful story
HK lives in the frozen hinterlands of the far North. The long, cold months provide ample opportunity to hunker down with her computer and create adventures far more enticing than scraping ice and getting frostbite.
Between books HK reads voraciously. Anything with a good plot and compelling characters are her broad parameters. One is as likely to catch her with a copy of Don Quixote as with the latest Kristen Ashley.
When not writing or wowing the corporate world by day, HK practices martial arts, plays with her dogs and matches wits with her teen. Next winter she intends to brush up on her Spanish and escape the cold for somewhere more tropical.