After being unceremoniously kicked out of home at a young age, Paige is forced to fend for herself.
In a bid to survive, she does things that most people would never dream of, and stops caring about herself as a result.
When the fastest way to get food and shelter is to use her body, and the fastest way to forget is to self medicate, Paige embarks on a steady downward spiral. Until, finally she hits rock bottom…
In A Beautiful Forever we got to know Paige as she battled the demons of her past to move forward with her future and find her happy ever after. Now, in Phoenix, we get to see the moments those demons were created and how she managed to get her life back on track.
If heartbreak, devastation, hope, resilience and commitment had a book title, it would be called Phoenix. Within minutes of starting this book, my heart was aching for Paige.
Even her early memories show that she was often dismissed. Not valued as a human. Within a few paragraphs of reading this book, I was tearing up. How people can be so out rightly cruel and heinous is beyond me.
All Paige wants is to matter. I am well aware with Lilliana’s writing – it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better and this book is no different. What I love about Lilliana’s writing is that she doesn’t shy away from the hard hitting storyline. There’s nothing romantic or sexy about the drug scene, there is nothing sexy about being taken advantage of. There is nothing romantic about being so desperate for attention that the character clings to any form just to feel. If anything, it shows how quickly ‘friends’ become nightmares and how much of your life is taken from you.
This book is not preachy, again, something that is written well when it comes to young adult. There’s a fine line where it could have easily become preachy. This book is one full of character growth. Paige made the best choices she could in the situations she was in. She’s been to the pits of hell and managed to come out the other side, certainly no without collateral damage or without scars.
Although Paige is a fictional character, she is so relatable to the real world. There are many people out there that have walked Paige’s path – sadly, there are many that veered off and never recovered. I’m hanging to read A Beautiful Forever.
I bought a copy of this book with my own money.
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