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Sunday, August 24, 2014


By Selene Castrovilla
Expected publication November 6th 2014 by Last Syllable Books
paperback, 328 pages

ISBN: 9780991626106

Publisher Description:
MELT is a brutal love story, set against the backdrop of The Wizard of Oz. Sixteen year old “good girl” Dorothy just blew into the small town of Highland Park – where the social headquarters is Munchkinland (Dunkin’ Donuts.) There, she meets Joey – a “bad boy” who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey’s reputation, and his alcoholism? And then there’s his family's secret – about to be unleashed.

Told in dual first person, Joey's words are scattered on the page - reflecting his broken state. Dorothy is the voice of reason - until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Can their love endure, or will it melt away?

MELT is based on true events. It is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance. It will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul.


My thoughts: 
Thank you to NetGalley for the eARC to review.

Girl meets boy. 
Girl is warned about boy. 
Girl falls for boy anyway.
Dorothy and Joey seem to fall in love instantly. The epitome of love at first sight. 

Joey's story is told as if he is speaking directly to you. His words are scattered and repeated. He is super hard on himself and appears to blame himself for the torture that his family is being put through due to his father (Pops).

Dorothy is the person for him to lean on. They come from completely different ends of the spectrum living opposite lives when they meet that fateful day in Dunkin Donuts. She tries her best to understand him and the reason he's an alcoholic.

The character description portrayed through Selene's writing is soul shattering. There were a number of moments I had to put my Kindle down to take a breath and thinking about the pages I just finished. Sometimes I literally felt like the breathe was knocked out of me.

Stunning. Heartbreaking. Intense. Highly recommended to those who can handle it.
5 Coffee Cup Stars
Finished August 24, 2014

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