Published by Self-pub on February 24th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, New Adult, Realistic Fiction
Source: Blog Tour
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<p>Mallory Durham has been left behind and it is making her feel less like an adult and more like an afterthought.</p>
<p>Divorce, sickness, educational aspirations being shattered, and her Aunt Sam moving into her home, have made Mal's life nearly unrecognizable to her.</p>
<p>When Tucker Scott re-enters her life along with his band, will they offer what she needs to once again find her voice and self confidence or will it strip her of it even more?</p>
<p>Told through the dual voices of Mallory as she navigates her new world, and Aunt Sam's letters to her niece, Beatless tells the story of two women at very different points in their life, fighting the same battles; proving that no matter what age a person is, there are always lessons to be learned.</p>
Mallory is a wallflower. Someone who feels left behind in every way possible. Her parents divorced, leading her father to move away with minimal contact. Her mother has left to work out of state for a lengthy piece of time. Her supposed ‘friends’, who always treated her like a pet and that she wasn’t good enough, have left to go away to college. Mallory’s own college aspirations were crushed with the divorce and a lack of funds, leaving her no choice but to stay put and attend community college.
In the beginning, Mallory was very much throwing herself constant pity parties of one. She felt alone. And you know, I saw a piece of me with her in certain ways when I was that age. I can sit here all day as an outsider looking in and tell this girl that those friends who treated her like she was insignificant were not worth it. That they weren’t true friends. But that would be a little hypocritical of me because I went through that in High School too. I could relate to feelings of inferiority in a group of friends. But luckily, Mallory had one person around to support her and try to push her out of her shell. And that was her aunt.
At the end of each chapter there is a letter written to Mallory from her Aunt Sam. From the synopsis I was unsure how big a part this would play in Mallory’s story. But I can honestly say they were some of my favorite parts. These little notes were filled with beautiful advice and words. And they also helped foreshadow things to come in the future which added an element of mystery for me, wanting to know just what would be happening in the future. This style of including someone so important to the plot but also leaving them in the background while we take the journey with Mallory was brilliant storytelling.
What Mallory finds is a connection to an old friend, Tucker. Oh god did I love Tucker. From his huge smile and generous heart, to the way he’d make me melt right along with Mallory with the simplest touch. Breath control has never been so sexy. And oh boy, there is a car scene that involves turning the bass way up and a little bit more… HOT!
And with Tucker came his band. They help her put aside her fears of singing and performing in public that stemmed from the feelings of inadequacy her old ‘friends’ put in place. And she starts to find herself! Watching her break free is a slow process and there are moments where she makes mistakes and reverts to her old ways with negative consequences but I loved all the angst and sexual tension that built up and the whole journey she takes to become her own person, getting over her insecurities and realizing her self-worth. By the end of the novel I was feeling bittersweet. I don’t know when exactly this book took a hold of me so strong but it did in ways I didn’t expect. I was sad to see it end. I don’t read a lot of new adult but this is a shining star among them!
My wish for you is that you find a way to use your voice in the loudest way possible.