Old Wounds, by N.K. Smith

28 Mar

Format: ebook, 409 pages
Published: December 2, 2010
Publisher: TWCS Publishing House
Back cover blurb:
Sent to live with her estranged father, troubled seventeen year Sophia Young is biding her time until school is over and freedom is hers. But running from her painful past is not as easy as she was expecting, especially after meeting a kindred spirit in Elliott Dalton, the shy, withdrawn son of a prominent doctor.

In the first novel of the series, they are paired together in therapy; a seemingly unlikely pair who have nothing in common.

Or do they?

For Sophia and Elliott are about to learn that appearances can be deceiving…

My review:
Wow. This book was amazing.

I never read it when it was part of an online writing community (IYKWIM) but I had heard all the buzz and knew it would be something special once it was published. What I wasn’t prepared for was the fantastic writing – amazing for a first novel – and the way in which the characters were developed. I became really invested in their lives, and by the end I was begging for more. Thank goodness the second book in this series comes out next month!

Sophie is a troubled teen who is sent to live with her father in small town Damascus after evidence of abuse by her mother is discovered. She soon falls into her old habits of getting high and having sex in order to forget about her problems. Her father forces her into therapy, where she is paired with shy, stuttering Elliott. He also comes from a troubled background – more of which I hope we find out about in the next book – and slowly they begin to open up to each other about their pasts.

Elliott is lovely. Just lovely. I wanted to hold his hand and run my fingers through his hair and remind him to breathe. Of course, the fact that I pictured him as HHH was a bonus. I could totally see she-who-must-not-be-named as Sophie too. Yeah, so it’s a bit like Twilight crossed with Misfits, but it’s just excellent and I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend to all.

My rating: 5/5

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