With loving adoptive parents by his side, Rev Fletcher has managed to keep the demons of his past at bay. . . until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.
Emma Blue's parents are constantly fighting, and her only escape is the computer game she built from scratch. But when a cruel online troll's harassment escalates, she not only loses confidence but starts to fear for her safety.
When Rev and Emma meet, they're both longing to lift the burden of their secrets. They connect instantly and deeply, promising to help each other no matter what. But soon Rev and Emma's secrets threaten to crush them, and they'll need more than a promise to find their way out.
"An absorbing, emotional roller coaster of a read. Readers looking for a different sort of coming-of-age story or teen protagonists grappling with complex situations will fall in love with this romance-tinged novel." - Starred review, Booklist
"Masterfully shows (not tells) what suffering looks like . . . Kemmerer seamlessly weaves wisdom into the story." - VOYA
"Family dysfunction, anxiety, and PTSD from long-term abuse are all believably conveyed. . . A timely, suspenseful, well-written page-turner with compelling main characters." - Kirkus Reviews