You won't like me.
I am not the nice girl.
I am not your friend.
I don't care about you, but most of all, I don't care about me.
Go ahead, hate me.
We all have secrets.
I have them as well—dark, terrible secrets.
The only time I can breathe is when I forget.
I need to be numb. You don't want to know how.
But as long as I can breathe, the past cannot smother me.
Wow. Powerful. Evocative. Heartbreaking and hopeful in turns. Insightful. Gritty and sometimes sweet. I could go on forever. Sometimes you read something so powerful you want to share it with someone immediately to see if they are as affected by it as you were. All my bookworms out there know what I'm saying. Smother is that book.
Reese was not your typical female protagonist. I seemed to teeter on the very edge of wanting to protect her from the world and wanting to protect the rest of the world from her. Haunted, destructive, lost, angry, alone are only a few words to describe her. Once I got into the story, though, all I really wanted to do was protect her from herself and anything else that could impede her finding a brighter future.
Leo. Let's talk about the wonder of him for just a moment. Flawed, but deeply moral. Quietly creative but burning with rage, Leo is a study in contradictions. He seems shrouded in mystery and as more of the truth of him is uncovered, the more questions are raised.
As always with a Lindy Zart book, the story was impeccably written; the characters are real and three dimensional. There is so much emotion in this story, I found myself pulled in instantly, drawn further and further into Reese's world. Humor, sadness, grief, anger, hope and even some intrigue and action are woven together flawlessly in Smother. My reactions were intense and audible--some tears, snickers, gasps of surprise and even a few sighs of contentment. Lindy, you have done it again.
This is a heartrending, gripping, masterpiece of a young woman's terrible past and her journey towards hope. Beautiful and stark in turns, I found it to be riveting.
Lindy Zart is the USA Today bestselling author of Roomies. She has been writing since she was a child. Luckily for readers, her writing has improved since then. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two sons, and one cat. Lindy loves hearing from people who enjoy her work. She also has a completely healthy obsession with the following: coffee, wine, Bloody Marys, and pizza.
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