Twenty years ago, Aniston Kline learned that childhood rhyme wasn't true after being bullied in junior high. Now a newspaper reporter, Aniston returns to her hometown-a place she thought she would never return to-prepared to write an article about a boy's story that echoes her past. Aniston wants nothing more than to slip in and out of Savanna Shores unseen and unrecognized by anyone who might still remember her; however, a brutal snowstorm ushers her into town and leaves her stranded in a snowstorm with her high school crush, Arjay.
Arjay Mason was once the handsome quarterback of the high school football team. Now a police officer in Savanna Shores, he has yet to find lasting love. He realizes he already missed one opportunity with Aniston and doesn't want her to leave again-but how could she stay in a town that once caused her pain?
As Aniston faces her own demons from her past and sifts through old emotions with Arjay, the fate of a teenage girl named Maddie becomes intricately intertwined with the two adults to reveal a much grander plan for everyone involved. While it seemed like it was just coincidence that brought together Aniston and Arjay, the two begin to understand there's a reason they were brought together again . . .
My good friend Andrea Rodgers wrote this novel. And when I heard about the premise I was already excited. What an important topic to cover in today's day and age. I remember kids making fun of other kids when I was growing up. Kids are cruel. But I think in today's society, they can take it way farther due to the many elements they have at hand. The fictional book covers the topic of bullying in a very real way. Without giving too much away, there is one particular scene with a girl who is currently being bullied and one that was bullied in the past that stands out. That scene flew by and I couldn't read it fast enough. You'll know it when you get to it.
The story also has a love theme thrown into the mix. Who doesn't want to go back in time and get "the one who got away?" The characters get a chance to examine their past, see how they've changed since then, and realign their futures. The title of the book is so poignant as well.
For anyone who has children, the bullying topic is paramount. I don't know what we do about the issue, exactly, but something needs to be done. This book touches on a very real subject in a fictional way that brings it alive to the reader.
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