by Ellen Allen
Book: Stand Alone
Pub Date: Sept 2014
Genre: Young Adult
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When love leads to death, be careful who you trust…
Eighteen-year-old Emily Heath would love to leave her dead-end town, known locally as "The Sham", with her boyfriend, Jack, but he's very, very sick; his body is failing and his brain is shutting down. He's also in hiding, under suspicion of murder. Six months' ago, strange signs were painted across town in a dialect no one has spoken for decades and one of Emily's classmates washed up in the local floods.
Emily has never trusted her instincts and now they're pulling her towards Jack, who the police think is a sham himself, someone else entirely. As the town wakes to discover new signs plastered across its walls, Emily must decide who and what she trusts, and fast: local vigilantes are hunting Jack; the floods, the police, and her parents are blocking her path; and the town doesn’t need another dead body.
WARNING: THIS BOOK IS UNSUITABLE FOR YOUNGER TEENAGE READERS. IT DEPICTS ADULT SITUATIONS, MURDER SCENES, CONVERSATIONS ABOUT SEX AND PROFANITY.
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: The idea for this book came to me in a nightmare... It was so vivid that I imagined I was 17 again, at school, in the same group of 4 friends that I used to hang around with. We were involved in a murder and cover-up. I started writing partly as a way to get it out of my head and then the characters turned into real people... and Emily and Jack were born.
My Review: Like its said above, there are parts that shouldn't be read unless you can handle it. The book starts of strong and will pull at your emotions, so be ready!
Emily just wants to leave her town and get away. Then one day she is just in the park where she watches a kid get bullied. She sort of just freezes in place. She wants to help the boy but just can't bear to move. Then Jack steps into the picture. Jack helps the boy and tah-da hero!
Jack is just awesome. First off, I have no idea where he puts all the food he eats. I mean, how much can one person eat! Then he has this secret side, this brainy side, and a sick side. Emily loves everything about him and together they are adorable.
Then things aren't so peachy. The bullies started to go missing and a girl is even dead. Then things just start going and you get pulled in. You just have to know whats going on. I really loved this book, it just blew me away.
Little note.....Now I have no problem reading any book, except those few genres that I don't like. But anyway, this book was a tough one. Some scenes are tough and you'll feel for whats going on. Even the bully scene was hard. Not just for what happened, but it seemed real, and sadly it could happen to some out there. So just keep that in mind.