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Published September 16, 2013
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Skye followed her long time boyfriend to Seattle for their first year of college, but he dumped her after only a week. The relationship brought only pain and destruction in Skye's life, and yet, she can't bring herself to open up and live her life.
"What if I am already broken into pieces?"
She hates to be touched, hiding under her oversized shirts and behind her wild frizzy hair. Even her bubbly roommate can't reach her. And yet ...
"I'm the guy who knows how you can hurt so much that your insides feel like they're cut and bleeding."
The tall, handsome, and tattooed TA in her psychology class changes everything when he literally collides with her and confronts her. For the first time in a long time, she wants to try and open up to this guy whose dark, intense eyes can't hide his own pain despite his dazzling smile getting to her.
However, just when she's starting to live again, her ex-boyfriend comes back, breaking her time and time again, making it all the more complicated.
She wants to fight for herself and for this building thing with the TA, even when he pushes her away, but can two broken people patch each other up?
"I never thought colliding with someone could change lives, but it is possible."
The first meeting)
Without paying attention to my surroundings, I turn to my left to walk toward the row closer to the door where a seat is available. I take a step and collide with a hard body, almost toppling me over on the ground for the second time in less than an hour. A strong hand grips me firmly by the forearm. My body stiffens and my breath catches in my throat. It’s as if I can’t move besides yanking my arm free without looking up to see who I collided with.
“Are you all right?” he asks me in a deep and calm voice.
My eyes wander from my red Converse to his dark boots. I have to calm down. I’m being ridiculous. Calm down. I take a deep breath and look up slowly. Long, muscled legs in beat up dark blue jeans, an old black leather jacket open over a dark grey V-neck sweater that showcases an impressive tall body with broad shoulders and finally, longish and messy black hair, perfect straight nose, full lips, high cheekbones and expressive soft dark eyes that lock with my bluish-greyish ones. He looks older with his goatee perfectly trimmed. A perfect hot mess many girls would say. I’m just intimidated by this stranger, though.
“I’m fine,” I reply, my voice even. I push away some of my untamed locks and curse my auburn frizzy hair that is always all over the place.
★★4 STAR REVIEW!★★
You’re done with high school and you’re moving on to college with the boy who you thought you were going to spend the rest of your life withand it changes before you graduate high school. Life can take a huge 180 degrees in a matter of months, ask Skye.
Skye thought her life would be much better than what is was. She graduated high school, went to college with her high school sweetheart and then before she knew it, things changed.
Sean was the guy that Skye thought she would live out the rest of her life with, even though within 3 months of their relationship, he started abusing her. She took it all in stride and in her mind, determined that because his father abused his mother, this was just his way. Through all of that turmoil, she met Duke (sqeeee!!!) Duke is her knight in shining armor. He saw things in her that she didn’t and he knew how to deal.
Duke was facing demons just like Skye was and he was trying to deal with them but each of them brought something out in the other. They couldn’t deal by themselves but together, they dealt and beat the world. Duke helped Skye through all of her demons and witnessed each one.
“I know we have to talk and all,” he begins with a clipped voice, “but I think I’m about to explode and I need your help”
I straighten and lock eyes with his…..”Tell me what to do.” I whisper unable to talk aloud like he does. He releases by hand…. His heat invades every single inch of my being and my heart misses a beat. His chest heaving…”I think you got it,” he mumbles ruefully before crushing his lips against mine.
Skye has a “family” that has vowed to protect her. (Kate, Derek, Duke) These people shine in her eyes and show her that there are good people in the world.
“I think you saved my life,” I whisper, not wanting to hear the raw sound of my voices that makes everybody wince, even me.
He chuckles. “Maybe.”……”I could kill him you know. I was never the violent type, even at my lowest. I drank too much, was overly reckless, and acted like a rebellious little shit, but I never fought”
“…..I’ve got my parents, Kate, Derek and you.”….”You got me the day you snapped at me in the psychology class”
Stephanie Witter opened our eyes to another side of life and a beautiful ending, I give this 4 stars. What a lovely story about friendship, heartbreak, love and strength. I recommend this book to everyone.
Stephanie Witter is a French dreamer. She started English at three and fell in love with the language. Always with a book - or two - close by, she soon started reading in English when she couldn't wait to see Harry Potter translated in French. After a while, reading wasn't enough and she started writing young adult and new adult contemporary novels always filled with drama. Now she hopes to translate English novels in her mother tongue as her everyday job. By My Side is her debut novel.