on May 31st 2013
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Saylor Grayson makes herself sick. Literally.She ate her first needle when she was seven. Now, at nineteen, she’s been kicked out of college for poisoning herself with laxatives. The shrinks call it Munchausen Syndrome. All Saylor knows is that when she’s ill, her normally distant mother pays attention and the doctors and nurses make her feel special.Then she meets Drew Dean, the leader of a local support group for those with terminal diseases. When he mistakes her for a new member, Saylor knows she should correct him. But she can’t bring herself to, not after she’s welcomed into a new circle of friends. Friends who, like Drew, all have illnesses ready to claim their independence or their lives. For the first time, Saylor finds out what it feels like to be in love, to have friends who genuinely care about her. But secrets have a way of revealing themselves. What will happen when Saylor’s is out?
You know how people always say that self-harmers are only attention seekers? Well, in Saylor Grayson’s case, it’s true. She has Munchausen Syndrome, which means that she lives for the attention that’s given to her when she’s sick, and she’ll go to any means to achieve it.
A junkie wanted to stay well and avoid the pains of withdrawal. I wanted to stay sick, to force my body to its knees, to make it cry and beg for mercy.
This story was wonderful. I have to appreciate the way the author wrote this book. She took a completely flawed character, and made her shine in our eyes.
I loved Saylor. She was witty, smart, and all around realistic. The fact that she had Munchausen Syndrome was even better for her, because we saw a refreshing kind of character. I usually don’t like characters that “self-destruct” but in this case and this storyline, I’m glad that the author stayed true to the “Munchausen” aspect of the story.
In this story, the protagonist isn’t the only character that shines. We have a myriad of secondary characters that each have their stories to tell and their parts to play. For example, we have Drew, the love interest with his own problems; Zee, the most colorful character of all; and even Sarita, Saylor’s mom, that has one of the biggest stories to tell. In this book, every character has something to contribute and a brilliant personality that reels you in.
Other than the characters, the plot on its own was amazing. The storyline by itself captivated me into requesting this book from Netgalley. I’m so glad I did. This isn’t one of those sugarcoated, books with perfect characters and happy endings. It’s one of those books that make you see life differently with realistic portrayals of realistic situations. The only problem I had with this book was that I wanted more. I passed the last page and I wanted to know more about the characters and their situations. But I guess I got what I wanted: a realistic ending.
Overall, an amazing plot, original characters and impressive writing, Secret for a Song is a great debut for the author S.K. Falls, and it definitely makes my “favorites” list.
Rating: 5/5 Stars
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