I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Outcast Like Me by Sonya Loveday
Also by this author: The Summer I Fell, Love Always,, Runaway Heart: A Game of Hearts Novel, End Note
Published by Self-Published on 21st September 2018
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They say high school will be the best years of your life.
It’s a lie.
Lexie and Dylan used to be the best of friends. That all changed the summer before freshman year when their mothers skipped town together without explanation.
When the scandal broke and fueled the school rumor mill, it branded Lexie as an outcast. For three excruciatingly long years, she faced endless torment by heartless bullies in her class.
It wasn’t long after his mother left that Dylan ran headlong into a slippery slope of self-destruction. As he rose to the top of the social ladder, he turned his back on Lexie and used bitter resentment to hide his pain.
When the two are forced to spend the summer together, tensions run high, but emotions run higher as the former best friends struggle to navigate the uneasy months ahead. But even if Lexie and Dylan can find their way back to each other, can either learn to forgive their mothers when the truth behind their leaving comes out?
Thank you to Sonya for my copy of this book. I loved Sonya’s The Six series so I was very exited when I heard she had new book. This book was a little different to The Six series but it still had Sonya’s core themes and style throughout.
Lexie has been suffering some of the worst kinds of bullying for the past 3 years. There were two ring leaders but there were many others who while they didn’t participate didn’t do anything to help. I thought that Lexie was incredibly brave. She goes through so much and not through any fault of her own. Just because some individuals think its fun to make other people feel terrible.
Dylan used to be one of Lexie’s close friends. But over the last three years they have drifted apart as his knew friends torment and torture Lexie. He does nothing to stop them, too caught up in his own personal hell to see what is going on around him. Dylan was a bit of a jerk at the beginning of this book. He’s a self confessed jerk but a jerk nonetheless. He does however redeem himself throughout the book.
I liked that Sonya used her writing to highlight a key issue in the world. Bullying in whatever form has been around for a long time and I am sure it will continue but this book highlights that we are not alone and that together we can overcome the bullies.
As always Sonya’s writing captures you and your heart. You find yourself rooting for these characters without even realising it. I had some moments where I was so choked up over the scenes. It is hear breaking but it is also beautiful.
I highly recommend this book for any YA lover.
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