I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Hickville Confessions by Mary Karlik
Published by Mary Karlik on May 1, 2015
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Buy on Amazon
New town. New look. New beginning. High school junior Ryan Quinn has a past. She will do just about anything to keep it hidden, even if means joining the ultra-conservative, no fun allowed, Purity Club. But secrets are hard to keep in a small town and when the Purity Club girls discover the truth, they viciously attack Ryan. Senior, Justin Hayes is a good guy wrapped in a bad-boy reputation. He may have been kicked out of the Homecoming Dance for fighting, but it was his dead sister's reputation he was defending. He did stay out all night with super hot Ryan Quinn, but it was after he'd rescued her from the Purity Club and all they did was talk. He lost his heart to her that night. But with his home life a complete hot mess, there is no way he could have a relationship with her. The trouble is, he can't stay away from her. Justin is the kind of guy who can make Ryan forget her vow to change. He's the kind of guy she should avoid at all costs. But he knows her soul secrets. He understands her and it is torture when she is away from him. But as she deals with the outward scars on her face and the inward shame of her past and Justin's home life continues to spiral out of control, their relationship becomes as convoluted as their home life. Will they find the courage to open their hearts to each other in spite of their family drama?
Ryan Quinn is the new girl in town. Moving from big city life in Chicago to small Hillside, Texas is a major culture shock, but also a chance to reinvent herself. But when her past comes to light she learns that people can be vicious no matter how small of a town. Coming to her rescue is Justin, a football player with a past of his own. Together they may be the best thing ever or the worst.
When I picked up this book, I was initially not aware that it was the second in a series. The nice thing about it was you did not have to read the first to get into this book, the bad was that it ended in a way where you need to read the next to finish the story. I prefer, even in a series, to have that “episode” wrapped up before you move on. Also, I was confused in the beginning as to me Ryan is a male name so I thought she was the male lead. This was a YA romance that threw in some very deep issues, such as bullying and sexual assault. It glossed over the issues and love made everything ok. I found this very similar to Finding Audrey in that respect, it could have been very powerful like All the Bright Places but instead was just cute. It was a very quick read, so if you’re looking for a fast cute read check this one out.