Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Die for You by Amy Fellner Dominy ~ Review and Giveaway

Title: Die for You
Author: Amy Fellner Dominy
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction
Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Delacorte
Release Date: November 8, 2016
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Theirs was the perfect love story.

After Emma Lorde’s parents’ divorce forces her to move halfway across the state of Arizona to live with her father, Emma must face her senior year in a new school knowing absolutely no one. 

Then she meets Dillon Hobbs, and something just clicks.

Dillon introduces Emma to friends she can call her own. He provides a refuge from the chaos of her past, and the security of a commitment that he promises will last forever. And because circumstances of her messy life forced Emma to put aside her dream of pursuing archaeology, Dillon creates a blueprint for a future together.

He saves her, over and over, by loving her more than she thought anyone ever would.

But just when everything seems picture-perfect, Emma is offered an opportunity that will upend the future they’ve planned. Uncertainty grows, and fear spirals into something darker.

Now Dillon is the one who needs saving.

But how much do you sacrifice for the one you love? What if saving Dillon means losing herself?

Holy cow! Talk about a rollercoaster ride. Emma and Dillon's relationship may seem perfect. They look great together, they are always with each other, and they have plans for the future. But, as we all know, nothing is really perfect. There's a dark side to their relationship that just hasn't had a chance to show itself yet. As Emma and Dillon's plans for the future begin to unravel, Dillon shows a side of himself that disturbs and scares Emma. 

Unsure of what to do, Emma tries to ignore and move past the symptoms of a deeper problem in the works. And when push comes to shove and Dillon begins to snap, the adults that should be there for her choose to manipulate her and cast blame. I'll cut to the chase, Dillon is obsessed and mentally unstable. What is a high school senior supposed to do when her boyfriend snaps and no one around her can see it?

The author's portrayal of this relationship was amazingly spot on. The subtle cues and signs that something was wrong, but most people either didn't see or chose to ignore. But Dillon's problems escalate quickly and start putting lives on the line. His downward spiral was sharp and dramatic and I wanted to reach into the pages and fix him. I could understand why Emma was reluctant to admit anything was wrong. I could see how much she cared for him and wanted to make him better. 

In the end, we have a resolution. I'm not sure it will be the one you want or expect, but it is the one the story needed. A realistic look at mental disorders and how they can hide beneath the surface, where not even those closest can see them.

This was such an amazing book that I just need to give it to one of you.
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