In the new series by the bestselling author of the Woodfalls Girls novels, six friends—fresh from high school graduation—discover that the future can come at you from out of nowhere.
This is Mackenzie’s story…
Mackenzie Wilson once had hope for what life had to offer, but everything changed on the night of her graduation. A year later, the only way she can find comfort is by keeping her head down and hoping she remains unnoticed at college.
When Bentley James discovered Mac in that twisted SUV, he was just a newbie EMT on his first call. It was a gut-wrenching moment that made him realize not everyone can be saved—and sometimes they don’t want to be.
A chance encounter on campus brings Bentley back into Mac’s life. Despite her initial resistance, he sets out to discover the girl hiding beneath a shield of seclusion. He evokes painful memories in Mac—but also feelings. As the spark between them grows, Mac must decide if she can let go of the past and believe in something as fragile as love…
In this heartfelt but lugubrious new adult romance, King creates an admirably authentic portrait of PTSD. Mackenzie Robinson was in a terrible car accident on the night of her high school graduation. Some of her friends were killed, and Mackenzie was left with a case of survivor's guilt as disabling as her injuries. She manages her second year at University of Central Florida by withdrawing from human contact and focusing on her studies. When Bentley James sees her in the library, he recognizes her: he was the EMT who pulled her out of the car wreck and kept her alive. Bentley resolves to break through the walls that Mac has created and show her that she's more than an unlovable recluse. King takes the time to depict the daily aftermath of trauma. Unfortunately, the result is slow pacing, which the flat writing and sporadic purple prose ("He ripped my heart out with razor-sharp teeth, shredding it until it was a bloody pulp") do little to ameliorate.