To save her life, she must risk her heart . . .
For 18-year-old Sidney Shaw, life pretty much sucks. Her mom’s a drunk. Her dad’s worse. At school, she’s betrayed and bullied by her ex-best friend. Cutting used to bring her relief, but not anymore. Something's got to give.
When Sidney punches a kid to protect her little brother, she’s forced into group counseling with perfect, popular Arianna, who looks like the type to grieve over a broken nail. But Arianna has secrets of her own. She might just be an ally, if Sidney can let her guard down. Then there’s the new guy, sweet and funny Lucas, who sees straight through Sidney’s tough, snarky façade.
But Sidney's wounds go deeper than anyone knows. As her father's abuse escalates, her secrets threaten to unravel her. How far is she willing to go to protect her family? And who can she turn to when the unthinkable happens?
"An emotional rollercoaster with inspiring characters and a disturbingly believable plot line, very well written." -Shaun Griffiths, author of the Changing Times series
"The story is brutally captivating, as Sidney journeys through daily challenges that so many teenagers experience in real life. Her will to survive, to succeed, and to thrive - despite her overwhelming circumstances - is inspiring and thought-provoking." -Sarah McDugal, author of One Face