Review: 738 Days by Stacey Kade

Posted June 15, 2016 in Review / 3 Comments

Review: 738 Days by Stacey Kade

738 Days

by Stacey Kade
Published by Macmillan on June 7th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
Pages: 432
Format: eARC

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.

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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?

New Adult Page-Turner Romance Well Written

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?  🙂

About Stacey Kade

As a former award-winning corporate copywriter, Stacey Kade has written about everything from backhoe loaders to breast pumps. But she prefers to make things up instead.

She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Greg, and their two retired racing greyhounds, SheWearsThePants (Pansy) and Shutter.

 

Kristin

About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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3 responses to “Review: 738 Days by Stacey Kade

  1. Every review I’ve read for this book has been positive and I’m curious … but I’m so worried it will be too angsty for me with both of them and their shitty pasts. Also, your description of Chase scares me haha.
    I don’t know, your review is making a good job at making me want to pick up the book though. I probably should and see what the fuss is all about.
    Great review, you! 🙂
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    • Definitely read MORE reviews. I saw a lot of good ones out there but what “I” liked the most was the romance that managed to work it’s way in. I personally don’t think it’s as angsty as it sounds, but then again, I’m not even sure I understand the definition of angst some days 🙂