Sandy’s Review February 15 2014
4 of 5 stars
Author: Delia Steele
Rory is a simple girl in a simple world. It wouldn’t take much to make her happy, but that’s a goal she gave up on long ago. Now her only goal is to simply, survive. Rory used to count down the days until she could leave, but now with a younger brother in tow, it would be hard she could never leave him. Rory is trapped in the Trailer Park like a princess in her tower, with her mother playing the big bad drunken fire breathing dragon. The dream of her knight coming to save her faded away about the same time her goals changed. Feeling useless and angry Rory starts her new school and gets trampled by none other than Monroe Falls Golden Boy Tobias West. She finds herself seeing him as the knight she dreamed of, though she believes it to be just that, a dream. Tobias (Toby) is Mr. Popular/ Mr. Perfect/ Mr. Money in the bank. He is too high on the social ladder to step down to her level. Or was he?
Toby was smitten with Rory. Toby’s ex, Ashley refuses to lose out to trailer park trash, and Rory finds herself the fuel to Ashley’s new found hate. On top of Monroe Falls High School drama, Rory still has to deal with her drunken mother and needy brother. She doesn’t have time for childish games. Reality hits Rory hard when her mother brings home a ticking time bomb for a bed mate and the need for that shiny knight becomes real.
Rome appears like she conjured him up out of thin air with magical powers, and instantly becomes her best friend. He seems to always be around when she needs someone to talk to and seems to always know just how to fix it. (Did I mention he is drop dead beautiful?) Two knights in shining armor? Nope!! That doesn’t happen, not in fairy tales, and definitely not in real life. Rory finds herself realizing there is a thin line between relationships and friendships lines that are starting to blur. Toby is getting ready to leave for college, Ashley’s nonstop meanness, and Rome showing up can Rory handle the pressure?
Her old friend reality takes another whack at her, causing her dread and despair to take over. Rory is questioning herself and its wrecking havoc on the strong girl she’s always considered herself to be. Has her poor choices doomed her to life in the trailer park or will she be able to exceed even her own expectations? Will she ever realize she is truly a princess worthy of getting her prince? Or will she simply survive? How does Rory’s story end?
This book is suited best for readers over the age of 17 due to sexual content and some language. As well as a few different types of abuse that is rarely talked about. (Verbal, Mental, and to some extent sexual and psychical)
The Arc was given to me by the author for my honest review.
I really enjoyed this book. Not many books attract my attention like this one. It was hard for me to put down, and that says a lot due to my attention span.
I loved Aurora’s (Rory) character. She takes on a lot of responsibility for a 17 year old by taking care of her younger brother, because their mom is almost non-existent. They have settled in this trailer park and Rory is the new kid at school. She try’s to keep a low profile. While she was walking down the hall at school when Tobias (Toby) runs into her and knocks her down. While helping her pick her stuff up when he sees her big green eyes and falls for her.
Toby is from the other side of the tracks. Will a relationship work between the two of them. He has his group of friends, his parents all in his ear telling him he deserves better. Will they get a chance to see if there is something there?
Rory’s best friend is Amandolette (Mando) I loved this character. She is a wonderful friend, she has a great attitude, she’s always sticking up for her friend. She loves fashion and always has to be different from the (plastics).
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Rory meets Rome. Rome is there for Rory, they become best friends. He’s an awesome character, he looks after Rory and protects her.
This book shows the strength of a young girl trying to make it in this world. This book shows strength and courage. A definite must read.
I give this book 4 stars because it was a fast read. It kept my attention and I didn’t want to put the book down.