“Everything here is just practice until real life begins.”
“The air changes. I’m filled with worry, like someone’s injected it into me.”
“Light brown eyes with yellow chips, like someone shattered a gemstone. His eyes are like a lion’s, the color of a mane.”
“He looks like a boxer dog that drank too much coffee.”
“Arms, legs, boots, fists…. The room likes like someone took a bunch of people and put them in a blender.”
“I’m upset that Marissa put the idea in my head. And now it’s there, like a weed that spreads its seed as far as possible to grow and choke out all the good plants.”
“‘I didn’t know the human voice could hit a range that high,’ he whispers to me. ‘Please tell me it doesn’t run in the family.’”
“We’re a normal family. At least, we were until our stepfather killed our mother and sold off your virginity.”
“I could spend the next eighty years memorizing the lines of his face.”
“I’d be willing to give up everything I know if it means being with you. You’re the only place I want to be.”
“I’m really not sure what I’m supposed to say or not say, but my mind has turned into ten thousand snakes, all hissing in my head.”
“My blood smears the floor, marking the grout between tiles. It will stay there forever, a stain that marks my torture in this place. The thought gives me comfort.”
“I sob and sob, unable to move. They broke me. They really dismantled me, heart, bones, will and all. I’m done.”
“I can’t feel anything except my heart, which is being tossed around in my chest like it’s been put in a dryer at the laundromat.”
“His muscles I his arms and legs flex, his abs a bumpy terrain of sculpted steel. He is just so beautiful to watch. Almost too beautiful to touch.”
Meli Raine’s Finding Allie and Chasing Allie straddled the genres of YA and NA. Ms. Raine’s has a unique yet comfortable writing style that is highly descriptive. Her colorful depictions brought frequent smiles to my lips and vivid pictures to my imagination. The books were quick and easy reads that held my interest and plucked at my curiosity.
Allie is young, naïve, and either just lacks curiosity or has fallen into learned helplessness and given up. She seems to do whatever others direct her to do, whether that is her stepfather, friends, police, sister, or boyfriend. She may resent the authority, but she doesn’t rebel or give it much consideration. She shuffles along and doesn’t seem to have much awareness of her surroundings or think ahead. She is also easily confused and overwhelmed, doesn’t see or look much past her own nose, or even think much past the day she is in. Yet her life has become such an adventure and her home, small town, and her own family held many secrets. She frustrated me… yet I cared for her. I was quickly hooked, ensnared, and hopelessly addicted to her story.
Keeping Allie was the most captivating, intense, active, and emotional book of the trilogy. I found myself very involved in the story and occasionally cringed and maybe even held my breath a few times. Meli Raine’s absorbing writing sucked me directly in the story with this volume, which was full of unexpected twists and ironic turns. No spoilers here, but the ending brought a welcome sigh of relief, as well as a smile of satisfaction.