Wednesday, October 9, 2013


If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?
When seventeen-year-old Stacy looks in the mirror she can see and talk to her future self. “Older Me” has been Stacy's secret support through the ongoing battle with their neurotic mother, relentless bullying at school, and dealing with her hopeless love for her best friend, Mark. Then Stacy discovers Older Me is a liar. Still reeling from that betrayal, Stacy buries herself in her art. But even that is taken from her when her most persistent tormentor uses her own work to humiliate her - and threaten her last chance with Mark. Stacy’s reached breaking point. Literally.

Aimee L. Salter’s debut YA novel BREAKABLE is a heart-wrenching story of survival and self-discovery with a magical realism twist. 
BREAKABLE’s main character is 17 year old Stacey who has the unique gift of being able to see and speak to her future self in the mirror. This future self is six years older and is trying desperately to help younger-Stacey through the trials of High School life and attempts to alter their future by giving younger-Stacey indirect hints on how to change the outcome of their lives. 

Despite younger-Stacey’s incredible gift, she is subject to a slew of horrendous bullying. A target from people who used to be her friends in middle-school and quickly turned into enemies once they caught her talking to herself in the mirror. From then on she is treated to a daily onslaught of verbal abuse and even physical abuse from one of her overtly egotistical male tormentors. She learns quick that her attempts to stop them by telling her mother or teachers is futile--her mother betrays her trust and emphasizes that she must have done something wrong to evoke that kind of treatment from her peers. Things only get worse when her best and only friend Mark (who also happens to be the boy she’s madly in love with) starts dating one of her sworn enemies and is completely oblivious to the torture she undergoes on a daily basis. Throw in an old flame who only thinks she’s good for one thing and we’ve got a recipe for an incredible and heartbreakingly real story.

The bullying depicted throughout BREAKABLE is absolutely shocking, heartbreaking, and cruel--at times I found myself putting the book down for a second to catch my breath, wanting nothing more than to punch Stacey’s antagonists in the face. Salter doesn’t sugar coat the High School experience for a girl who isn’t in the “IN” crowd and the raw perspective is a fresh take at the YA genre. In following Stacey’s story, readers are in for a real awakening on the effects bullying can have on a person and how it can be just as detrimental when the people closest to the victim don’t notice. 

Salter gives us an underdog heroine to pull for and incredibly evil antagonists to hate. Stacey’s story will leave you questioning how well you can really know yourself and if you had the opportunity to change your future, would you be willing to risk it all? Breakable is an emotionally fueled read with Stacey’s journey to self-discovery filled with social land-mines, family betrayal, and survival amongst the greatest of odds. 

Aimee L. Salter is a Pacific North-Westerner who spent much of her young (and not-so-young) life in New Zealand. After picking up a Kiwi husband and son, she’s recently returned to Oregon. She writes novels for teens and the occasional adult who, like herself, are still in touch with their inner-high schooler. Aimee is the author behind Seeking the Write Life, a popular blog for writers at You can also find her on Twitter ( and Facebook (
Aimee’s debut novel, Breakable, releases November 4th for Kindle, Nook and in paperback. You can add Breakable to your to-read list on Goodreads at

Thursday, October 3, 2013


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EFFORTLESS WITH YOU by Lizzy Charles is an incredible contemporary YA complete with a genuine and lovable heroine, a swoon worthy male lead, and a slew of real-world problems that occur when you’re sixteen.

There are tons of reasons why I love this book. I could go on and on about the amazing writing technique of Charles, about the sharp and crisp dialogue, or about how round her characters are, but instead I’m going to narrow it down to the three main reasons why I couldn’t put this book down. 

First reason: Lucy. 
Our main character is a realistic high-school girl that is incredibly easy to relate to. She has the stunning ability to be completely clueless about how amazing she really is, yet it is evident to everyone around her because she quickly becomes the target of blatant bullying and covert undermining from her supposed best friend. Lucy only begins to understand who she really is and what she stands for when she is forced to take a job with a crew of guys painting houses. It is here that she gets to know Justin―the most popular and super hot boy from her school, who she had always thought of as an egotistical jerk. Through getting to know the real him, she finds the real her, and is finally able to face the demons that have haunted her both at school and at home. Her journey to self-discovery is intense and riddled with social land-mines, heart-wrenching family conflicts, and an unexpected love worth risking everything for.

Second reason: The family dynamics. 
Charles does an incredible job of creating a realistic family for Lucy and the role they play is a huge factor in Lucy finding herself. This aspect―for me―is a fresh take for the YA genre where more often than not the familial aspect, including parents, are almost non-existent. Lucy’s parents take an active role in her life, not only showing their love for her, but making their character’s more realistic and relatable. The fact that they are still married and act as a team to help guide their teenage daughter going through one of the hardest periods of her life―despite it driving Lucy nuts―gives the story an authentic edge that I believe any teenage girl can relate to. 

Third reason: Justin. 
Our male lead is not just swoon worthy. Charles has given him a wide range of depth and emotion―something that shocks Lucy as she gets to know him. Justin has a wealth of good qualities that could make any girl fall in love, but Charles reveals them in quick snippets throughout the novel, adding to his mystery and fueling Lucy’s intrigue. Charles’ technique in this matter is flawless―making the discovery of why Justin is such an amazing character as rewarding as dipping a pale in the shallow of the ocean and each time finding a different beautiful seashell waiting at the bottom. 
The dynamic between Justin and Lucy is filled with witty banter, genuine compassion, and some serious heat. As their friendship grows stronger, Justin is able to pull Lucy out of the shell she’d retreated into as a result of bullying and family problems. With Justin, Lucy finds herself again and the person she discovers is humble, non-judgmental, and has a sense of maturity well beyond her years. The characters complement each other in an effortless way, each one bringing out the best in the other, giving readers a complex relationship that blossoms from a solid friendship. 

Add to the above tangible antagonists, heartbreaking mother-daughter fights, and a crew of goofy guys who quickly turn from co-workers to confidants, and readers will be left shouting the iconic “I Love Lucy!” for an entirely new reason.