When thirteen-year-old Natalie Rausch said she would die to meet DJ Crazy Todd, she did not mean to be literal.
Two years is a long time to be stuck between two people who want nothing more than to destroy each other. A tween crush on the larger-than-life jock from a local radio station is the only trace of a once-happy life ruined by warring parents.
Whenever WROK 107 ran a contest, she would dive for the phone, getting busy signals and dead air every time. She never expected to get through, but at least with her best friend at her side, it used to be fun.
Before her parents ruined that too.
Her last desperate attempt to get their attention, falling in with a dangerous group of older teens, goes as wrong as possible. With no one left to blame for her mess of a life but herself, karma comes full circle and gives her just a few hours to make up for two years’ worth of mistakes–or be forever lost.
My Review: I’m already a fan of Matthew Cox’s Cyberpunk books, but this YA was a big divergence for him. I have to say it was better than I expected. This is a hard hitting story about a young teen dealing badly with more than a fair share of hardships. Cox doesn’t pull any punches, taking readers to the depths of despair and then lower. Coming back from an unbelievable depth, the ending is powerful and emotional. You’ll want to cry and cheer.
Content Warning: When I say the author doesn’t pull any punches, I mean the main character deals with some of the darkest parts of humanity without censorship. Sometimes that’s what has to happen to get the message across.
I really like the cover… maybe because it reminds me of Exacting Essence!
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