738 Daysby Stacey Kade
Published by Macmillan on June 7th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
At fifteen, Amanda Grace was abducted on her way home from school. 738 days later, she escaped. Her 20/20 interview is what everyone remembers—Amanda describing the room where she was kept, the torn poster of TV heartthrob Chase Henry on the wall. It reminded her of home and gave her the strength to keep fighting.
Now, years later, Amanda is struggling to live normally. Her friends have gone on to college, while she battles PTSD. She’s not getting any better, and she fears that if something doesn’t change soon she never will.
Six years ago, Chase Henry defied astronomical odds, won a coveted role on a new TV show, and was elevated to super-stardom. With it, came drugs, alcohol, arrests, and crazy spending sprees. Now he's sober and a Hollywood pariah, washed up at twenty-four.
To revamp his image, Chase’s publicist comes up with a plan: surprise Amanda Grace with the chance to meet her hero, followed by a visit to the set of Chase’s new movie. The meeting is a disaster, but out of mutual desperation, Amanda and Chase strike a deal. What starts as a simple arrangement, though, rapidly becomes more complicated when they realize they need each other in more ways than one. But when the past resurfaces in a new threat, will they stand together or fall apart?
I don’t think I’ve read a story plot this deep or thought provoking as this one in a long, long time. My brain muscles are still un-cramping from all the thinking and flat out speed reading I’ve done in the last two days. This is just one of those stories that doesn’t have a good place to stop, regroup, and circle your thoughts back around.
The entire premise may sound hokey to some but if it’s executed right, it could be marvelous – this story is just that!
Starting with a dramatic, on-the-edge prologue, we meet Amanda Grace. It’s two years of healing that is virtually going nowhere and only just further ripping her family apart. Amanda still seeks comfort in her closet. She rarely leaves the house except to go to work at a local grocery. Overall, Amanda’s family is a mess and Amanda can do nothing to help.
Because this story is told in alternating POVs, we then meet Chase Henry. He, himself, is a mess. He’s a recovering alcoholic, a liar, a has-been from a popular TV show with a short fuse temper. When his “psychotic” publicist thrusts a publicity stunt in his face that will get the tabloids talking and his agent calling him again, Chase reluctantly goes along with it.
You can see the train wreck in the distance but it’s what happens on the way there that is suspenseful, thought-provoking, and a downright hopeful struggle for sanity and a future.
Ms. Kade wrote outstanding characters in both Amanda and Chase. You absolutely can’t help rooting for and falling in love with Amanda. She’s vulnerable but oh, so strong when it counts. Now that’s fun to read! Chase, on the other hand, is the more complicated character between the two of them. Who would have thought? You don’t exactly hate him, but you don’t exactly like him, either. But he’s the best thing to happen to Amanda in two years. Ahhhhhh! ∗pulls hair out∗ I’d love to know YOUR thoughts on Chase, if you read this book.
Well written, you won’t want to put this story down. This is not a happy, happy, joy, joy young adult romance. This story has teeth… oh, the metaphors are just writing themselves in my head. Do I really need to write them out for you? 🙂