Author: India R. Adams
Published: July 26, 2016
Publisher: India's Productions
Number of Pages: 401
Rating: 5 Stars
Tags: Cry Baby, Mental Health, Reread, Love Story, YA
Synopsis: To say I know where this story begins is to say I remember what lifetime started it all…and why. What I do know is this lifetime is hard and cruel…maybe like the rest. That is until I meet him–the light that shines and guides me. To where, I don’t know, but my soul chooses to follow regardless. I believe my soul has done this before. I believe I will follow him…forever.
"The toll on my spirit had slowly broken me down—day by day, night by night, drink by drink, hit by hit—to the limp, fragile, lost girl that Dereck Hamilton . . . carried away."
A destructive home life silently destroys Serenity, a 16-year-old girl, until her broken spirit is given a gift in the form of an old journal that sends her a visitor in the night. The cloaked woman teaches Serenity that the lingering feeling of missing a part of her soul may not be a figment of her imagination, and with these words, Serenity’s journey, of this lifetime, begins.
"Away from the sun I close my eyes
and release myself into the unknown
I hope she is there
I hope she is there…"
This is the second time that I have read this book, and I love it even more than I did the first time I read it. Because this is the type of book that you want to reread. It's amazing the first time, but you get so many more details the second time through, and it becomes truly wonderful. Because I already knew the characters, I was able to see things that I couldn't before. I saw warning signs, and hints, and foreshadowing, and I cried a lot more than the first time.
This book has grown to be my favorite book, and a lot of it is because of the characters. I'm able to connect with each of them in a different way, so when something happens it's like I'm actually with the characters. I know what's going to happen, and yet I'm still just as devastated as the first time. This group of characters is so special, and hear warming, and magical that it's hard not to get sucked into their family.
I also noticed how much I've matured between the last time I read this book and now. When I first read the book, I was in a bad place health wise, and that's why I connected with Serenity so much. Because we were both in bad situations. But this time I really found joy in connecting with characters like Sky. We were both survivors. And I need to read this book twice to realize this. Because whether you're surviving sexual assault, depression, abuse, addiction, an eating disorder, sex trafficking, a chronic illness, or anything else that you're surviving, this book shows that you are not alone. Don't be ashamed, stand strong, be proud, you deserve all the love in the world. So, everyone, survivors, teachers, readers, bloggers, people that are lost, raise your peace signs in the air, because everyone deserves their own piece of serenity.