Title: Fall Out Girl Related Books: Flightless
Author: L. Duarte
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: March 21, 2015
Genres: Mature YA, New Adult Romance, Romance
Page Count: 224
Related Books: Flightless
Imagine a social outcast: Me. (Luna)
Imagine a popular boy: Him. (Caleb)
Sound like the characters of a cliché story, right? Here, hold my hand. Come away with me. I’ll tell you my story, and you’ll decide.
But I have a warning: Proceed at your own risk. Since it’s a snippet of my life, I’m one of the main characters. And to put it lightly, I’m not the most likable person in the world, cue the earned label. Also, unlike fairy tales, my story is real with a dash of sorrow and loss.
How do I start? Once upon a time…? Shoot me now, please.
The beginning? No, too boring.
Well, let’s start with the catalytic moment that set in motion a chain of events that changed my life, yet again.
As for a happily ever after? Sorry, no spoilers here. You’re going to have to figure that one out on your own. After you read my tale, it becomes yours, and as such, you're entitled to your interpretation.
So, off we go!
Fasten your seat belts. This ride may get bumpy.
“My choices weren’t the ones many would have made, but it was what I had to do at the time. I own them.”
The cover and synopsis is what first drew me to Fall Out Girl, but the words, the writing, and Luna herself, is what made me fall for this book.
Luna, wasn’t your typical girl and that was I loved about her. She was a girl on a mission. As soon as she turned eighteen, she was going to head off to college and take her cousin Jacob, so they could escape their life. She had always been taught integrity and to follow the law, but when her dad unexpectedly passes away, she was forced to do what she has to in order to survive. She was sent to live her Aunt Lace and cousin Jacob. Living with her aunt brought a new darkness to her life. Her aunt addicted to hard drugs and was caught up with a drug dealer. Luna and her cousin, have to sell drugs to keep her aunt out of trouble and so they can have the basic essentials, like food and water.
“In my defense, it didn’t happen overnight. I didn’t wake up and just decide to be a jackass. No, it evolved gradually, curling up on me like fog slowly swallowing everything along its path.”
Luna lived behind a facade. She used her piercing, tattoos, emo clothes, and stand off-ish demeanor to keep people away. She was incredibly smart and determined and despite what people thought about her she brushed it off. I loved her sarcasm, her whit, and her honesty. She owned her decisions and she never let anyone make her feel bad for them.
“The tricky thing about fear is: it wears a different mask every day.”
When she meets Caleb, he shakes things up In her life. He’s the first person to puts a crack in her tough exterior. He wants her and he sees past her bravado. He was sweet and passionate about her. They come from two drastically different lives but he doesn’t care about what people think or say about her. Caleb has his own family issues to deal with but he’s there for Luna. When the unthinkable happens it threatens their potential happiness and Luna’s future.
“We were skin to skin. mouth over mouth. mingled breaths. Tangled bodies. Heartbeat against heartbeat. we fit together perfectly.”
“For the duration of the time we were together, I wanted to see myself through his eyes. I wanted to feel alive, beautiful, and whole.”
Ultimately this was a story of self discovery. Luna was torn between who she was now and who she used to be. I admired her strength and whit and Caleb was the perfect compliment to her. I loved the writing in this story. I loved the writing in this story. I enjoyed the flow of the words and the imagery. L. Duarte did a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life. This was the first book I read by this author but I look forward to her upcoming work.