Wednesday, June 18, 2014


ISBN: 9780881626106
Pages: 318
Source: Jen Halligan PR Book Tours

Melt is a brutal love story, set against the backdrop of The Wizard of Oz. Sixteen year old “good girl” Dorothy just blew into the small town of Highland Park – where the social headquarters is Munchkinland (Dunkin’ Donuts.) There, she meets Joey – a “bad boy” who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey’s reputation, and his alcoholism? And then there’s his family's secret – about to be unleashed.
Told in dual first person, Joey's words are scattered on the page - reflecting his broken state. Dorothy is the voice of reason - until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Can their love endure, or will it melt away?
Melt is based on true events. It is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance. It will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul.

Hi everyone! Welcome to my Tour Stop for the Melt Early Review Book Tour! :)

Melt is pitched as set in the light of The Wizard of Oz. To be honest, I was kind of expecting an uplifting story with the same sort of vibe. Guess I didn't read the entire synopsis...yeah, I got excited after the Wizard of Oz statement. Either way, this book takes the light simpleness of the phrase: There's No Place Like Home to a whole new deep and dark level. I did enjoy the book, but I guess I just wasn't prepared for all the darkness and heavy baggage that was in it. Note to self, next time be mentally prepared because it'll make the book way more enjoyable. Another thing, I didn't really see much reference to the Wizard of Oz other than what I said before, Dunkin Donuts, and Dorothy. Again, it did take me a while to get adjusted to the heaviness of the story. Anyway, once you get into the story, it's hard not to get pulled into Joey's emotions and Dorothy's feelings because the language is so vivid and alive. It's like you can see it happening in front of you and you feel what the characters are feeling. One thing that I didn't exactly love was the insta-love that happened between Joey and Dorothy. They met at Dunkin Donuts and sort of just hit it off and a couple flips into the book they're a steady couple. I just wish it didn't happen so fast >.< The abuse that occurs in the story is so authentic in the story. When reading from Joey's POV it was like you could see it happening and like Joey, you were helpless to stop it. The ending was so tense I was literally shaking from it because part of you wants it to happen, but the other part is screaming NO. Nonetheless, I thought the ending was a bit abrupt but at the same time it left the story off with an uplifting and ambiguous feeling. :)
4 out of 5 stars

Foreverly Obsessed,

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