My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.
CeCe knows she killed her brother, and nothing her court appointed therapist says is going to take that back. Her father won’t speak to her, her stepmother has walked out, and the colleges that CeCe had been accepted to probably won’t be interested anymore now that a murder charge has been added to her resume.
CeCe’s life was on the right track – and so was her brother Cyrus’s – until a soccer injury took him out of the sport that he loved. With a destroyed knee and unbearable pain, the pain medications he nursed an addiction for took his old friends away, bringing new ones into his circle – and CeCe’s. With her brother angry and depressed, and her father allowing much-needed money to go for the drugs his son “needs,” CeCe knows she’ll have to take matters into her own hands if she wants to afford college classes after graduation.
Surely Cyrus won’t notice a few missing pills, and the money she gets from them goes for a good cause. But once Cyrus gets clean the people she sells to want more, and she knows how to get it from a doctor who likes money more than morals – but that means bringing drugs back into her brother’s reach.