Published by Createspace Independent Pub on April 20, 2014
Series: The Fugitive Series #1
Genres: contemporary, Suspense/Thriller, Young Adult
Source: eARC from Author
Lucy Tate is on the run. After witnessing the brutal murder of her parents, she's spent five years in hiding -- taking on different personas and faking her way through life. The authorities can't be trusted, so she remains in the shadows, always one beat ahead of the man who is forever hunting her. That is, until she meets Zach Schultz, a senior at Monte Vista High and the one guy she can’t bear to leave. Suddenly her natural instincts to lie, steal, and run are overshadowed by something else...the desire to stay. It’s her one shot at a normal life.
Curious by nature, Zach is immediately drawn to the new girl at school. How can a person look both confident and vulnerable all in the same moment? Determined to learn more about her, he tries to get close, but is thrown into a world of lies and confusion. The only thing that becomes apparent is that discovering the truth may get him killed.
I Know Lucy is told from Zach’s point of view. The chapters alternate between Zach, which is told in the first person, and Lucy, which is told in the Third person. It really worked for the story. Zach is the one trying to puzzle out the mystery that is Lucy, or Dani as he knows her, so Lucy’s chapters are pieces of her past that allow the reader to slowly fill in the gap between when her parents were killed and Zach’s present. I really loved watching how the story unfolded. Melissa Pearl is an excellent story teller.
I loved how smart and observant both Lucy and Zach are. I think that was one of the main things that drew them to each other. It was really interesting to see how similar their thought processes were. Zach is known as the “fixer” with his friends. He always picks girls that are a little crazy or off and he likes to play hero and save the day. His friends think that Lucy is just another one like that. But Zach is convinced that there is something different about her. He just doesn’t know how right he is.
Lucy has had such an awful life. I felt so bad for what she had to witness and being on the run couldn’t have been easy. As more and more of her past was revealed throughout the story, I felt myself hoping against hope that she was as good as she seemed. I was just like Zach. I wanted her to be this awesome girl. I didn’t want to believe that she was going to do anything to hurt Zach or his friends. I ended up guessing correctly, but I am not going to tell you what I guessed or if it made me happy or sad. That will be for you to experience.
I Know Lucy was pretty powerful. I was really invested in Zach. I just wanted him to be happy, and of course I wanted Lucy to be happy as well. She has had it so rough. I might not have always admired her choices, but it would be hard to completely hate her. She is just a young girl trying to survive. I love Melissa Pearl’s writing. Her stories are always so captivating. And with the ending of I Know Lucy, I kind of can’t wait to get my hands on the next book. I am really interested to see what is going to happen next. This is not your typical YA love story at all.
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