The dark secret Kayden has kept hidden for years is out. Worse, he's facing charges for battery. The only way he stands a chance against the charges is if Callie speaks up, something he'll never ask her to do.
Callie knows Kayden is going back to his dark place and desperately wants to save him. But saving him means admitting her secrets aloud. Callie and Kayden are stronger than they think, especially when they're
together. Together they move forward, face their demons, and finally start to heal from their traumatic pasts.
He's looking at me, and I mean really looking at me, and there's this connection, this understanding that we are two people who have been fractured, not by ourselves but by someone else and we're doing everything we can not to shatter to pieces.
So many emotions to process. This series is the most provoking series I've read. The themes and issues they have to deal with is utterly heart breaking, and at such a young age. I had a heavy heart throughout most of the book, the internal struggles felt so realistic, its saddening when you soon realise that these are very real situations, and so many young people out there are struggling daily.
"Callie, tell me what you need" I say and I tuck a strand of her hair behind her ear.
"I need the world to stop being such an ugly place full of hurt," Tears slip out of her eyes. "I need to wake up and really believe that everything will be okay instead of just hoping it will be. I want to be one of the lucky ones who have a good life."
The big question is, can I do it? Can I finally say it aloud, confront him, threaten him, make it that he's so terrified he'll walk away from it. Can I tell my mother, father and brother? Can I trust them to believe me and be on my side?
Do I have that much power? That much courage?
In the end I know I'm going to have to answer those questions and make a decision that's frightened me for the last six years of my life, but maybe its time to face it.
Maybe its time to quit being so scared.
I stab my nails deeper into my skin until I feel the warmth and comfort of blood. "I'm nineteen years old and everything that's done is done. There's no point in trying to save me. who I am and what I do is always going to be."