"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? "
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Thoughts: This book gutted me, slowly sewed me back together, but still left scars on my soul. I know that sounds like a terrible thing, but I promise you it's not. Though at times difficult to read, I must say I enjoyed every minute of it. From the raw emotions to the growth of each of our main characters and everything in-between, 738 DAYS is a novel I would recommend over and over again.
First off, Amanda is every bit a survivor trying to adjust back into her world. The book starts off with what I can only describe as before. It was before she was found and gives you a glimpse as to what she went through with her kidnapper. What I found so heartbreaking and scary about all of this is Amanda, though a fictional character, could be anyone. She could be you or me, your best friend, your sister, your brother, anyone! I was only ten pages deep before I started tearing up. Granted, I'm dealing with pregnancy hormones, but you'd have to really try exceptionally hard to separate yourself from the book in order not to feel something. What's the point of reading if you're going to do that?
I was disgusted, peeved, angry, devastated, all of the above!
Yet, the thing that broke my heart the most was reading about Amanda's PTSD and how it affected herself and everyone around her.
Chase has all sorts of other issues that, while completely different than Amanda's, are still tragic in itself. Sadly, he fits the typical young Hollywood star gone downhill. After a couple of years, he decides it's time to try and save his reputation, and what better way than a bit of good publicity? Chase is someone Amanda feels saved her during her captivity, so his publicist decides it's time for him to meet her. Good PR and all that jazz. What neither of them saw coming was how truly connected they really are.
Things weren't always great between the two. Heck, I started kind of hating Chase there for a minute, but when the both decide it's best to at least "pretend" this scheme was real and working, that's when I started loving him. He was able to bring down Amanda's walls and vice versa. The two of them had me smiling ear to ear and rooting for the happily ever after they both deserved.
Now, it is a New Adult book, and like most NA novels, there is a bit of sex in it. Don't worry, it's not too much nor is it raunchy in any way. Honestly, I found it very sensual, and it fit Amanda and Chase's relationship well.
If you haven't picked this up yet, you're totally missing out. This is probably the best contemporary book I've read so far this year, and that's saying a lot. Go get you some!
ABOUT STACEY KADE:
As an 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 two retired racing greyhounds, SheWearsThePants (Pansy) and Shutter. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll likely find her parked in front of the television catching up on her favorite shows (Scandal, The Vampire Diaries, Almost Human, The Walking Dead, and Sherlock, among others.)
Stacey is the author of the The Ghost and the Goth trilogy (THE GHOST AND THE GOTH, QUEEN OF THE DEAD, and BODY & SOUL) and The Project Paper Doll Series (THE RULES and THE HUNT). You can find her (far too often) on Facebook and Twitter as well as http://www.staceykade.com
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