*First Line Friday* Heroine- Mindy McGinnis

30254032   Three screws in her hip.
Two months until spring training.
One answer to all her problems.

Mickey Catalan is no stranger to the opioid epidemic in her small town. There are obituaries of classmates who “died suddenly” and stories of overdoses in gas station bathrooms—but none of that is her. No, Mickey is a star softball catcher—one part of a dynamic duo with her best friend and pitcher Carolina—about to start her senior season with hopes of college recruitment. Until a car accident shatters that plan, along with her hip and Carolina’s arm.

Now Mickey is hurting. She can barely walk, much less crouch behind the plate. Yet a little white pill can make it better. After all, it is doctor prescribed. But when the prescription runs out, Mickey turns to an elderly woman who pushes hot meatloaf and a baggie full of oxy across the kitchen counter. It’s there Mickey makes new friends—other athletes in pain, others with just time to kill—and finds peaceful acceptance, a place where she can find words more easily than she ever has before. But as the pressure to be Mickey Catalan heightens, her desire for pills becomes less about pain and more about want, something that could send her spiraling out of control.

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“When I wake up, all my friends are dead.”

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*First Line Friday* Thizz, A Love Story- Nicole Loufas

Happy Friday!

The book this week has been on my tbr for quite some time and I finally got my hands on a signed copy. I hope you guys decide to check this out because it’s a really good story!

 

26595577  Dani is in love, that much she knows. Now if she could just figure out who or what she loves. Is it the blue pill that masks her depression and helps her float through the last few months of high school? Is it Nick, the boy that won her heart and keeps her from feeling completely alone in the world? Or is it Matt, the blue-eyed boy that makes her feel alive and keeps her veins filled with drugs?

When the horrors of her past resurface Dani is forced out of the euphoric world she’s created to face a deadly reality. Unsure who to trust, Dani turns to the one thing she knows will never let her down. Thizz.

 

“I really don’t want to deal with life today.”

That quote says it all about this week. I hope you guys had a better week!!

Let’s wish Nikole a lot of fun in Charleston, South Carolina for Yallfest!!!

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Rosie Colored Glasses- Brianna Wolfson

Rosie

Synopsis:

Sometimes even all the love in the world is not enough to save someone.

Willow Thorpe knows friction… The friction between her parents, Rosie and Rex. The friction inside herself as she tries to navigate two worlds since their divorce.

But life has not always been like this.

When Rosie and Rex first met, theirs was an attraction of opposites. Rosie lived life for those heightened moments when love reveals its true secrets. Rex lived life safely, by the rules. Common sense would say theirs was a union not meant to last, but it was genuine love.

Now Willow just wants to be with Rosie, to bask in her mother’s outsize glow and, she thinks, protection. Because Rosie is the only person who can make Willow feel totally alive and completely loved.

But as Willow and Rosie and Rex try harder and harder to stay connected as a family, Rosie’s manic tornado of love continues to sweep up everyone in sight, ultimately to heartbreaking results.

My Review:

“Because Rex Thorpe finally knew what love was. And she tasted like Pixy Stix and wore polka-dot underwear.”

This warmed and broke my heart at the same time. From the start, I knew that these characters were going to break me and I wasn’t wrong.

A truly heartwarming read that left me breathless. No words can help me express my true feelings for this book. But I do say these words with tears in my eyes and goosebumps on my arms.

This magnificent tale of family, love, and heartbreak will explore all kinds of love even if it’s tragic. I loved every page of this and I wish everyone would give this a chance. Please judge this book by its beautiful cover!

I’m forever grateful to the publisher and Goodreads for having a giveaway for this book. They helped me discover a book that will be my favorite of the year and the year just started. I’m ready to ride this emotional roller coaster again and maybe live my life a little bit like Rosie. 💋

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Too Late- C. Hoover

Synopsis:
        Sloan will go through hell and back for her little brother. And she does, every single night.

Forced to remain in a relationship with the dangerous and corrupt Asa Jackson, Sloan will do whatever it takes to make sure her brother has what he needs.

Nothing will get in her way.

Nothing except Carter.

Sloan is the only good thing to ever happen to Asa. He knows this and he never plans on letting her go; even if she doesn’t approve of his lifestyle. But despite Sloan’s disapproval, Asa knows what it takes to get what he wants. He knows what he needs to do to remain on top.

Nothing will get in his way.

Nothing except Carter.

My Review:

“Until this moment, I had no idea what it felt like to be valued. What it felt like to be respected. Until this moment, I had no idea what it felt like to be cared for. No one should have to experience a life never feeling truly cared for- not even by the parents who created them.”

This is definitely not your typical Hoover book, but this was dark, twisted and absolutely astounding.

You can tell by the cover that this won’t be anything you expect it to be. It leaves you shook with how gripping and shocking this turns out to be.

Your heart continuously breaks with the life Sloan is forced to live. She’s trying to better her life so she can help her brother and escape the painful life she’s currently trapped in. With each page, you hope and pray that she finds her knight to save her.

You really need to applaud CoHo for stepping out from her comfort zone and writing something so soul-crushing and demented. But you will still get to experience her typical love and twists.

I think you need to have an open mind before stepping into this world. I also believe that you should try it before you tear it to pieces. Yes, it’s different but it will open your eyes to the fact that not all love is picture perfect.

 

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Where Did You Sleep Last Night- Lynn Crosbie

“You’re like a firefly in a jar, I say holding her cold hand. She squeezes mine and I fall asleep with my head bent to hers: when we meet in dreams, she runs to me, bares her breast, and peels back the skin to show me her small frantic heart.”

Received at BEA Chicago.

This was one of the best books I have received that weekend. 

All through this book, I felt that I was locked in a room, blindfolded, one arm tied behind my back and asked to put a puzzle together. All while taking the biggest trip of my life down acid mountain.

Evelyn Gray is an unhappy sixteen-year-old girl over the moon obsessed with Kurt Cobain. She lives and breathes him all in. From night to night, she talks to her Cobain poster and imagines that he responds and comforts her when she so desperately needs it. 

Can’t take it anymore, she decides to OD and she is rushed to save her life.

Upon coming to, she spots someone that moves her soul. Talks to her deep inner thoughts and she is overcome. 

He is the reincarnation of her main love, Kurt. Deciding that this place was killing them both. They escape and live the life of legends. 

The way that Love and Cobain live, these two to the same and in Courtney Love style. 

Music, drugs, and petty jealousy overtakes these two, but love is stronger than all of that and marriage is brought into this mix of craziness. 

My words can’t explain the messed up situations that have occurred in this book. I could try, but you would never believe me. Well, if you don’t then I got two words for you…. Who cares!

There was so much of everything going on, that you slowly feel that you shot that needle into your arm and made-up your own special language.

Anyone who loves feeling overcome with the color of music, the flow of the drugs pulsing through your system and all things fanfic, then this is right there guiding you along the way to your first taste.

I might be crazy, or I might be even crazier, but who wouldn’t want to get a message like this….

“Every morning there was a romantic text, like “I want to sleep with your hair in my mouth forever.”

5/5