Thursday, May 16, 2013

Review of 'Stripped' by Brooklyn Skye

by Brooklyn Skye
Release Date: 05/14/13

Summary from Goodreads:
“I like you.” His voice is low and soft, which I don’t deserve. I look away, down the rutted parking lot.
“Don’t…waste those words on me.”
He touches my cheek. “You just need someone to show you.”
“No.” I ease back again. “I don’t. So please, Torrin, stop trying to swoop in and save me. I don’t need saving.”

College freshman Quinn Montgomery will do anything to avoid the mistake her sister made—killing herself over a boy. But when she is forced into nude modeling at a local college to support her family after a bankruptcy, she begins to crack, just enough to let Torrin, the university’s top varsity oarsman, see that the real Quinn is not as feisty and unapproachable as she wants everyone to think. But letting someone in comes at a steep cost and, it turns out, Torrin is connected to Quinn’s family in more ways than she could ever imagine.

**My thoughts**

I read this book in one sitting. Quinn's story drew me in from the very beginning. She is hurt and confused and completely lost. In addition to losing her sister, she has lost her entire family, who in turn has had their entire reputation tarnished for yet another reason. In spite of all of this, she is doing whatever it takes to hold on to a weak thread of normalcy in her life, and to fulfill her sister's dreams. She has put up barriers to protect herself, not just from men, but from everyone. Even her closest girl friends don't even seem to really know her. 

She is also angry. Anger drives people to do all kinds of things. By baring her body in art class for money, she is also baring her soul, as it is the one time of the day that she can truly start to process everything that has happened in the last year. Enter Torrin, the beautiful young man who rocks her world even more, but in a good way, at least at first. I love his persistence in stripping down her barriers to get to the real Quinn who is buried inside. Any time any of us are drowning in emotion and turmoil, we could all use a Torrin to bring us back to the surface again.

Time flies by quickly. New secrets are revealed, each one just as devastating as the last. The question becomes, is Quinn now strong enough to handle each one of them?

It's a story of personal heartbreak, new love, and rebuilding a life that seemed forever shattered. I think anyone who has gone through trauma may recognize herself in parts of Quinn's character. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author

Brooklyn Skye is just your average awkward girl who's obsessed with words. She grew up in a small California town where she quickly realized writing was an easy escape from small town life.

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