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August 27, 2017

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Author: Mary Ann Loesch
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 252
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Butterfly suicide.
The blood on the cafeteria floor has been washed away and the bullet holes plastered over, but those words carved deeply into the back of the worn auditorium chair will always be a reminder for the students of Rockingham High School of what happened there last May. For Stephen Valley, the brother of infamous school shooter Jude Valley, that day is one he will never be allowed to forget—especially since the small town blames him for the loss of the seven students killed in Jude’s rampage. Unfortunately, poverty has a firm grip on his mother’s finances, imprisoning him in the bigoted town with no options to leave.
Monica Monroe, a self proclaimed Theatre Nerd, hates being known only as the sister of Jude Valley’s murdered girlfriend, Simone. Even though she’s never believed Jude killed her sister over a lover’s quarrel, she does blames herself for not seeing what a monster he was. When she is partnered with Stephen for an acting scene in Theatre class, Monica views this as an opportunity to finally get some answers. Being paired with Stephen proves to be dangerous for her emotional well being and her heart. When he is beaten up for being on her street, Monica realizes his life after the actions of Jude has been as traumatic as her own.
Drawn together by tragedy, the two stumble across a shattering secret which threatens to ruin their blossoming romance and destroy their families.

Often times, we are afraid of what others feel along with what we feel. We place too much importance on others instead of focusing on what we feel. We are sometimes stuck in situations that we feel there are no options for anything but to stay and be haunted by the FEAR!

That is what Stephen Valley was facing. His brother Jude had shot and killed seven young people in a school shooting. He sees the blood, the holes the bullets put in the walls but most of all he's facing the blame. The blood, the bullet holes have all been erased in the school, but Stephen still is haunted by them. Jude did the killing but the town's people are blaming Stephen. He might as well be locked up for the crime. The town has convicted him. Another person being haunted is Monica Monroe. Jude had killed her sister, Simone and she blame's herself. Simone was Jude's girlfriend. Monica thinks she should have warned someone. She should have seen what he really was like. Stephen and Monica are working together on a scene for Theatre class. Is this good for either one of them? They are both emotionally torn and they both are being blamed, either by themselves or others. Will they turn to each other for comfort and a possible romance? But lurking in the shadows is a secret and that secret could be as deadly as the shots fired that fateful day.

This book puts you on an emotional ride. The author wrote with such accuracy as to what happened. The characters were young and vulnerable with a weight being placed on their tender hearts and souls. A weight that a town, a town that was filled with hate, for a young man who's only fault in it all was that he had an older brother. The weight a town placed on a young girl who feels guilty enough, without the town looking at her as being guilty by association. This isn't anything fictional. True the book is fiction, but the story is oh, so real. It has happened, and unfortunately will happen again. It isn't just about young people. This happens to adults. You will find yourself bound to these characters from page one. You will get emotionally involved with them. The characters are innocent young people. But as innocent being, there is a deep emotional part to both of them.

If you feel you can't or don't want to read about another shooting rampage, then this isn't the book for you. But this is so real, even though we would like to shut our eyes and make it go away. It happens. It's a tragedy for the shooter, the victims, the families and all of society. It's sad, so sad, that this is what we, as a society have become. So much of the time, people place their opinions, their judgements out there in the public, when they don't have all the facts, they are going on fears and in doing so, they are placing more fears on others. Fear spreads like wild fire, and people react to fear, sometimes in regrettable ways.

I received a copy of this book from PUYB and the author, Mary Ann Loesch and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 5 STARS.


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