Sunday, November 4, 2018

What You Hide by Natalie D. Richards

She hates her stepfather.  He's very controlling, tells her mother what to do and how to act.  And he's threatened her.  She tries to get her mother to leave him but she won't do it...

Sourcebooks Fire and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 4th.

To get away from him and his threats, she leaves home alone.  She has no money to speak of, quits regular high school (he works there) for an online education, and hangs out in the library and cafes and stores that open 24 hours.

She meets Spencer while he's working off community service at the library.  She likes him but she doesn't trust men.  He wants to help her.

The two of them discover there is another person living in the library.  Mallory doesn't want to accept Spencer's help but when she does, his mother discovers them in a kiss and she wants to call Mallory's parents.  Mallory is talking to a social worker already but doesn't want to be where her stepfather can find her.  Spencer doesn't want to go to college and earn lots of money; he wants to do something worthwhile in his life.  Mallory is becoming important to him.

With both teenagers maturing, finding their way in life, and saving the young girl living in the library, this tale is interesting and keeps your attention.  One chapter will be Spencer's, the next one Mallory's.  With turmoil, despair and then hope for the future, you find yourself invested in their story.

If you're abused physically or verbally, there is help for you.  Don't give up.  Find it.

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