Eighteen-year-old Sarah McKnight has a secret. She's in love with David Brooks. Sarah is white. David is black. But Sarah's not the only one keeping secrets in the close-knit community of Kalispell, Montana. Her father George, who owns a local gun shop and proudly drives a truck with a Confederate flag bumper sticker, hides his own complicated past. When he discovers Sarah's relationship, George decides to share his feelings with Alex Mackey-a lonely classmate of Sarah's whom George has taken under his wing. As Alex embraces the power of Sarah's father's dark hatred, the hopes and dreams of young lives hang in the balance. In just a few short months, Sarah and David will graduate from high school and leave Kalispell for a new life together in Los Angeles. Maybe in California, they can stop hiding their love-and the other secret they share...something George McKnight-and Alex Mackey-will never accept.
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Sarah McKnight is your typical teenager. She’s smart and beautiful. She keeps her boyfriend, David Brooks a secret from her father. David is one of only three black teenagers in her high school. Sarah had not known about racial hatred until then. Her Dad runs a gun shop and has befriended a troubled teen, Alex Mackey that has always loved Sarah. His desire to please Mr. McKnight leads him to do the unthinkable, changing everyone’s life forever.
My first reaction after reading this novel was how much it reminded me of Wuthering Heights, a wonderful classic of forbidden love. This book was magnificently written with believable and likeable characters. This is easily in my top ten favorites for 2013. The ending will certainly shock you, I didn’t even see it coming. A truly amazing read, I am now a huge fan of Fleur Philips and I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us.
About the Author
Fleur Philips is an award-winning author who holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Montana. Her first novel, I Am Lucky Bird, was selected as a General Fiction Finalist for the 2011 Book of the Year Award from ForeWord Reviews. Her current novel, Crumble, was named Young Adult Winner from the 2013 San Francisco Book Festival and was selected as a Young Adult Fiction Finalist by the 2013 International Book Awards. She lives in Upland, California, and when she’s not writing, she’s cheering for her son in his athletic endeavors.
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