Published by Forever, Grand Central Publishing on January 13, 2015
Genres: Coming of Age, contemporary, Fiction, New Adult, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
I was seven when I swallowed my first needle.My mom freaked out and rushed me to the emergency room.She stayed by my side all night.
I never wanted it to end.
When you spend your whole life feeling invisible-when your parents care more about deals and deadlines than they do about you-you find ways of making people take notice. Little things at first. Then bigger. It's scary how fast it grows. Then one day something happens that makes you want to stop. To get better. To bebetter. And for the first time, you understand what it's like to feel whole, happy . . . loved. For the first time, you love someone back.
For me, that someone was Drew.
Sometimes there are books that are hard to put into words why you liked them so much. The main character wasn’t necessarily likeable. Things didn’t turn out exactly how you wanted them to. People you did like in the book got hurt. But still, you were just moved by the book, in a very profound way. One Last Song is one of those books. It is such a powerful voice and story. It is dark and unexpected. The main character is certainly not anyone that I would have thought I would have liked. And I am still not even 100% sure that I do like her. But I certainly feel for her, and I can sympathize with her. And that is enough with this story. Trust me, One Last Song will make you feel all kinds of emotions. As a side note, One Last Song is a standalone read.
The main character, Saylor is a girl that from the summary you will see swallows needles. In the book, you learn it is because she has Munchausen’s Syndrome. Munchausen’s Syndrome is not something that I was terribly familiar with prior to reading One Last Song. I knew the quick superficial idea of what it was, and that was it. But it made reading Saylor’s story completely riveting to me. I loved how deeply the author, S.K. Falls goes into describing the disorder. And after reading this book, I hate to put it as simply as Saylor was swallowing needles for attention. That is how I would have described it when I started reading the book, but by the end of it, you know there is more to it than that. This is one of those books that you have to read it for yourself to discover its’ magic.
There is a romance in One Last Song, but it was not what I have come to expect from my romances. Especially in the New Adult age group. I would say that the romance is secondary to the bigger issue of Saylor’s character growth and personal journey in the story. And Saylor’s character growth is very realistic. It is not linear, it is very up and down. She has so many setbacks, mostly because of her habitual lying. It shaped so many of her relationships, especially those with the people she met from the TIDD group, or the Terminal Illness Degenerative Diseases.
I am very used to books that make me feel warm squishy feelings. This is not one of those books. This will break your heart, make you feel frustrated, and will bring you down a path of ugly emotion. It is a dark and gritty story. But one that is oh so worth it. One Last Song took me so far out of my “reading comfort zone” and it surprised me in so many ways. S.K. Falls kind of blew me away with all the emotions she evoked in me while reading One Last Song. This was a book that I had no idea what I was signing up for, but one that I needed to read and experience. I loved it.
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