Author: Alison G. Bailey
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: June 23, 2015
Page Count: 278
***A new standalone Contemporary Fiction novel from the author of the bestseller, Present Perfect.***
Every life has a different path full of sharp turns, smooth curves, and steep drop offs.
Hollis Murphy has a plan—college, career, boyfriend, love, marriage, family. A predictable, normal life. She’s on track until an outside force causes her to crash and burn. They call it an accident, because that’s the only word they know to explain what happens to her. It helps everyone move on with their lives, except for Hollis. She holds on to the belief that she’s been targeted for a reason.
Risher Stevenson is intelligent, caring, sweet, and the hottest boy Hollis has ever laid eyes on. He fits perfectly into her original plan for a normal life. Everyone loves him.
Benton Daniels is intelligent, caring, sweet, and the bravest boy Hollis has ever met. He doesn’t fit into her life but gives it purpose and makes it extraordinary. Everyone hates him.
One is bullied. One is tormented. All are judged.
How will it STOP?
*Contains strong language.
*NOTE FROM AUTHOR: I appreciate each and every review. With all due respect, please keep reviews spoiler free or place a WARNING at the beginning. Don't take the moment of discovery away from another reader. Thank you.
I love a great romance book but what I love even more is a book that gives me the romance wrapped within a powerful story layered with real life meaning. Stop! is exactly this type of story, it has a sweet romance but the sensitive topics of bullying, labeling, discriminating based on appearances and ignorance really makes you Stop and think about how our society deals with these issues, how we all judge people without even thinking about who they are on the inside.
“Stretch your mind, open your heart, and expand your understanding.”
Hollis Murphy is your all American girl, she’s pretty, friendly, has lots of spunk, is very intelligent, and on the track to great things until life throws her a twist of fate that leaves her scarred in more ways than one. After a long period of isolating herself from the outside world she finds the strength and determination within herself, with lots of support from her parents and her bestie Maggie, to push forward with her college dream.
Enter the oh-so-swoony Risher Stevenson, the sweet and sexy guy that every girl dreams of meeting and falling in love with. Risher has his own hidden scars and maybe due to those scars his eyes and heart are open to more than the superficial outside appearances and see’s the true self-worth of others. Hollis’ true self and the light within her shines when Risher is near, he see’s past everything else to the most important part of her.
“Look at me, looking at you.” His sweet smile appeared. “You’re even more beautiful than you were five minutes ago, five hours ago, five days ago, or even five weeks ago when I first laid eyes on you.” – Risher
Benton Daniels is such an unexpected, amazing character and WOW, I just wanted to jump into the story and give him a long hug and protect him from all the ignorance and torment. Hollis is Benton’s only friend, the only person who has accepted him for his true self which creates a strong bond and friendship between the two. Benton and Hollis have suffered so much cruelty for just being different than what is perceived as normal and they are able to confide and be there for one another in a way that no one else can.
“That night nothing else mattered except being the best friend I could possibly be to my hero.” – Hollis
Author Alison G. Bailey has done an amazing job of writing a story that is eye-opening and thought-provoking on so many levels. I truly hope that this book reaches a vast majority of readers and that each and every person that reads will heed the messages conveyed within the story. Every human being deserves acceptance and to be loved. Our differences, what makes each of us who we are should always be celebrated.
5 un-Stop-able stars!