Gripping my chest is the only way to hold myself together, or what's left of me will fall out. The past week has enlightened me on one thing - I don't care. - Megan
I didn't even hesitate. I took two strides and blasted him in the face with my fist. He was ready for it this time - unlike in church. He tried to hit me back, but I ducked and smashed him again. - Antonio
You can't help what family you're born into or what lies they keep from you. You can't help it if they mold and shape you just the way they wanted. Are monsters born or made?
Antonio and Megan have a timeless issue. They were told to stay away from each other. They try, they really do. But they are drawn to each other.
Antonio is 18 and the up and coming mob boss of Palmetto, New Jersey. Megan is a girl uprooted from the grassy plains of Ireland at the age of five. Now she's 17 and faced with horrors she never thought existed.
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Audiobook is even better than the book in print.
I really enjoyed the dual voices of Antonio and Megan. The narrators added life to a story which was already good. I also liked the dual POV of both major characters.
I haven't read any other books similar to this one. The author doesn't sugar coat the violence in the lives of two teens raised in mafia life. But she delves deeply into who they are and portrays them as real kids trying to deal with it by separating their lives into compartments, both dark and light. Within a mafia world of crime, these two people experience love, fear, compassion, and hope just like any other couple.
No. This duo read the story masterfully; truly a step up from reading the book in print.
Yes; the moment when Megan decided she wanted to commit to Tonio, in spite of his mafia responsibilities, realizing he was a product of how he had been raised. It doesn't excuse it away, it just explains how Tonio became who he was. All kids want to please Dad. Antonio was raised to please Dad by becoming an enforcer. He knew no other life.
Also, Antonio's tenderness and devotion to Megan, in stark contrast to his behavior in the midst of gun fights and "doing stuff for his Dad", were sweet and protective. I also liked that he did not push Megan into sex. These are teenagers. I know some teens have sex but Antonio respected Megan. She was "it" for him and his willingness to get to know her and woo her first was sexier than any bedroom scene.
I had already purchased and read this book and its sequels in e-book format when I won this audiobook in a contest via the author's newsletter. I enjoyed the audiobook rendition even more the second time around. Bravo, really. Highly recommended.