Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Find You in the Dark by A. Meredity Walters
Maggie Young had the market on normal. Normal friends, normal parents, normal grades...normal life.
Clayton Reed was running from his past and an army of personal demons that threatened to take him down. He never thought he had a chance at happiness.
Maggie thought their love could overcome anything. Clay thought she was all he needed to fix his messy life.
That together, they could face the world.
But the darkness is always waiting.
Sometimes the greatest obstacle to true love is within yourself.
This book was truly a painfully emotional read. I believe it provides a powerful look into mental illness, something that seems to be such a taboo subject. I think the thing that really stood out that the author didn't sugar coat any of it. She put it all out there for the reader to experience right along with the characters in the book.
Maggie has just started her senior year of high school and she is in a rut. Her life is too predictable...same thing different day. All that changes the day she runs (literally!) into Clay. His reaction makes Maggie angry but she can not stop thinking about him. A few days later she sees him walking to his car after school and not knowing what has come over her, she strikes up a conversation with Clay. He shows a side of himself to Maggie that intrigues her. She begins looking for him through out the day in hopes of having more interactions with him. Then by chance, she stumbles into her favorite bookstore and there he is. They decide to go grab a coffee and as the saying goes the rest is history.
After that day in the coffee shop, Maggie and Clay begin spending more and more time together. But there are little things Maggie notices that seem off about Clay. His moods are all over the place. And he shuts down when she asks him about his past. The journey we are taken on as their relationship progresses is a bumpy one to say the least. At first, I truly believed that Maggie could help Clay. That somehow having that sweet innocence of first love would MAKE him want to be better. But it quickly became apparent that was not going to be the case. When Maggie began to change I knew that this relationship was toxic for her and she needed to get out. I believe it is the first time I have ever not hoped for that HEA for the hero/heroine (at least not at this point!).
I am hoping that as their story continues, Clay will be in a better place. I also believe that if Maggie and Clay stand any chance of finding their way back to each other, she must seek help too. She needs someone outside of her world to talk to about everything that happened. No one could endure all that and not be emotionally scarred in some way.
Definitely one of my favorite books this year! i will eagerly be waiting to read more of their story in the next book.
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