Contains sexually explicit content and mature subject matter, including language and elements of abuse.
A gritty new adult drama about a young woman's self-destructive quest to find purpose, self-worth, and love in a broken world.
My name is Elise Duchamp. I'm 23 years old, and I'm known as the town whore.
No, not the kind who exchanges sexual favors for money. The other kind. The kind who gives it all away for free, whenever and however she likes. I am that girl. The one everyone whispers about and the one none of the girls seem to like, because all of their boyfriends either want to sleep with me or already have. Promiscuity is my thing - the kind that slowly, violently turns my insides black but gives me something I need.
All things considered, I'm not completely reckless. I'm safe, and contrary to popular opinion, I do have a heart. I live in a world of careless choices, and with those choices come careless people. I cannot judge them, because I am one of them. I, too, bow down to the altar of the self-serving. I am not a good friend. I am not and never could be anyone's girlfriend. I'm convinced any goodness in me shriveled up and died long ago.
But I am a replacement. That is something I know how to be, and this is a story of the lengths I'd go to in order to keep it that way.
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- Kim BookJunkie ""Kim BookJunkie""
The brutal honesty.
I have not read or listened to any other book that this compares to.
She does a wonderful job of bringing emotion to the characters. And, unlike with many female narrators, I don't mind her rendition of the males.
I can honestly say that there were times when I stayed up much later than I should have so I could continue the story.
As I said earlier, the brutal honesty is wonderful. I found myself connecting with Elise because she wasn't able to understand why she did the things she did but she did them, anyway. In my experience, this is what happens in real life. People don't always do the right thing and don't always understand why they are doing the wrong thing, even when they know it's wrong.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
- R. Madden