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MELT is a brutal love story, set against the backdrop of The Wizard of Oz. Sixteen year old “good girl” Dorothy just blew into the small town of Highland Park – where the social headquarters is Munchkinland (Dunkin’ Donuts.) There, she meets Joey – a “bad boy” who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Expected publication: November 6th 2014 by Last Syllable Books
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Paula M. (Her Book Thoughts!)




I’ve waited 2-3 days before I wrote my review of Melt and honestly, until now, I still can’t form coherent words about it. So please bear with me, I will try to express how I loved this masterpiece as understandable as I can.

We were first introduced by Joey, a teen that has a bad reputation and a bad situation at home. Then there’s Dorothy, sweet, sweet Dorothy who is new in town. When these two complete...more
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Different. Intense. Perfect.

This story was all of these, and so much more.

Selene had me caring, actually caring for these characters in a similar way as I did whilst reading Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma .... and that's saying something as I never thought I'd ever beable to find anything even remotely like I felt whilst reading 'Forbidden', but I found it in this book.

The feelings Selene made me feel whilst readng this were indescribable. I can't really process them yet. I'd love to read more of this verse, not that...more
Jen (A Book and a Latte)
Powerful. Gritty. Honest. Gripping.

I finished this book at 2AM. Just WOW. That's all I could say, it's so so good! If you're a fan of Ellen Hopkins, MELT is a must-read. I do feel I should warn that this book deals with violent abuse, alcoholism, drugs (mild), and sex.
Emily Bradley-dorman
**I received this book as an ARC from Jen Halligan PR to read & review. This is a 100% honest review.**

This is the story of Dorothy, a sixteen-year-old girl in a new town and a lot to learn. She comes from a perfect family and has never had to worry about a thing. This is the story of Joey, a seventeen-year-old boy that everyone has ruled out. He has a father that will make your skin crawl and a drinking problem of his own. These two character's couldn't be any more different if they tried...more
Patty  (BookishWanderlove)
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Have you ever read something dark? So dark that it leaves you feeling numb. You sit there after, your brain still trying toprocess everything you just read. That was me once I finished reading Melt . I've never read anything by Ellen Hopkins, and I've never read anything dark. If there's a book that I've read that's classified as dark, it shouldn't be. Selena Castrovilla's Melt is the true definition of a book that is both dark and deep.
All those years building and all it took was for a puddle to
Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.Like literally.

Melt is no retelling of The Wizard of Oz if you're ever wondering about a reappearance of the famous ruby slippers. It's real life we're talking about here this time. Selene Castrovilla sure knows how to paint a vivid and revelatory image of the cruelties of Real Life Land.

Whatever expectation I had, whatever doubt I had going into this book was immediately shattered after three chapters or so. The first thing that caught my attenti...more

I am completely stoked that I got to read this book before it comes out and participate in this early review tour. I can't even explain how much this book affected me. I had to wait to write my review for a week after I was finished reading it, so that I could have time to gather my thoughts and come up with the right words to describe this book. I am still not sure I was able to do it justice with mere words.

Joey Riley was bad news. Her friend Amy tried to warn her. Joey was a "loser". He was...more
Aditi nichani

”When you think about it, the words don’t count for too much anyway, it’s the intentions behind them that do. And this was like we were skipping past the words because we didn’t need them.”*Quotes subject to my ARC*

And Melt was filled with them. Beautiful, thoughtful lines that is. From the time you read the synopsis, you know that this going to be one of those books- haunting, deep, and soulful.

Dorothy- asked many times if named after...more
Follow the journey of a boy emotionally dulled by domestic abuse and the girl who sees life, love, and hope in him.

This is a young adult story for the ages. Sounds clique, but true. It explores the world of domestic violence - a world all too often hidden from most. Just as adult victims, children/teens existing in such an environment are molded by what they see and feel. And it takes its tole.

From the outside, opinions can be told about Joey. He's rough, tough, and known for trouble. No one i...more
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Dorothy is a new comer to Highland Park, where all the cool kids congregate Muchkinland (a.k.a. Dunkin Donuts). There, she meets Joey, the resident ‘bad boy’ who everyone fears and stays away from. But Dorothy is not deterred by his bad rep, for she sees a wounded person, from the pain of abuse and battling his own demons. Both have an instant connection and their love is not just tested by peer press...more
MELT follows the story of Dorothy and Joey. We first meet up with them in Dunkin' Donuts. Dorothy is new in town and has caught the eye of Joey, town bad boy. Even though her friend, Amy, tries to warn her away from Joey, stating that he is violent and a criminal, Dorothy can not resist him.....The more time that they spend together, the more that Dorothy starts to realize that there are demons haunting Joey and she doesn't know if she will be strong enough to help him........

MELT starts off wit...more
There are times when I read a book that it is gripping and moving and so satisfying that I don't know what to say and I'm having that experience right now. I read Melt twice and reread several parts of it more than a few times and I'm still searching for the words to express why it is a must read. This is truly meant to be a compliment because it was that good.

What I liked most was that I was in the moment with the characters - in the room with them, by the river, at that same Dunkin' Donuts. Th...more
MELT was one of the most powerful, stunning books I’ve read all year. While not based on The Wizard of Oz as a re-telling, Castrovilla sets MELT against a Wizard of Oz backdrop and the L. Frank Baum passages offer a unique insight into the plot of MELT.

Also interesting is Selene Castrovilla’s writing style. Told in dual perspectives, one being written in verse, MELT quickly draws you in and reads very fast. I started this book around 3:00 p.m. and finished it before midnight – it was nearly impo...more
Sasha Hibbs
* I received this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review *

First, thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you to Ms. Castrovilla for writing, I might say, one of the most beautiful and breathtaking novels I've ever encountered, and thank you, NetGalley and the publisher for sending me this gripping tale I will not forget.

In the event readers of this review tire before reaching the end, I beg you now before I go into my thoughts, you need to read this. Melt is the manna of books, t...more
Ayah Assem
I received Melt from Last Syllable Books via NetGalley in exchange with an honest review.

No, this isn't a plot twist of The Wizard of Oz, but the author finds a way to revive some sub meanings in her story. Does that even make sense ???

Melt is a tale that will give you knots and butterflies in your stomach, yes both at once ! You are going to MELT on these pages.

This is such a captivating read from the start. I got so involved with the characters that I was afraid to leave them, afraid that I mi...more
Max Baker
Thank you Netgalley for providing with this piece of heaven

I-I just...I'm literally tearing up in this review. I have never, EVER cried during a book. Got teary? Yes, a lot. But actual, physical tears have never fallen from these eyes until THIS BOOK! I cannot convey enough praise for this book. It was one of the best discoveries of my entire life and my heart hurts from it. This book is lyrical, heartbreaking, gut-wrenching, emotion educing fantasia of pure genius.

MELT is the story of Dorothy...more
Sarita Lopez
I was lucky to receive this book in the mail in exchange for a honest and fair review. Now, I'll just say, before anything, that the book I received was an ARC, so changes to the story can always be made.

Now, we all know that I don't like spoilers, so with that said, I'll try and keep this short, sweet and to the point.

Our main characters are good girl Dorothy, who comes from a good family and parents who are fairly successful, and on the other hand, we have bad boy Joey who, sadly enough, com...more
Melt is pitched as set in the light of The Wizard of Oz. To be honest, I was kind of expecting an uplifting story with the same sort of vibe. Guess I didn't read the entire synopsis...yeah, I got excited after the Wizard of Oz statement. Either way, this book takes the light simpleness of the phrase: There's No Place Like Home to a whole new deep and dark level. I did enjoy the book, but I guess I just wasn't prepared for all the darkness and heavy baggage that was in it. Note to self, next time...more
Ashley (The Caffeinated Booknerd)
View more of my reviews at: The Caffeinated Booknerd

My thoughts:
Thank you to NetGalley for the eARC to review.

Girl meets boy.
Girl is warned about boy.
Girl falls for boy anyway.
Dorothy and Joey seem to fall in love instantly. The epitome of love at first sight.

Joey's story is told as if he is speaking directly to you. His words are scattered and repeated. He is super hard on himself and appears to blame himself for the torture that his family is being put through due to his father (Pops).

Michelle (Adventure in Bookland)
Melt, is a chilling tale that allows readers to explore characters within domestic abuse situations. The story also shows how domestic abuse can affect the children involved through drug/alcohol abuse and social interactions with peers. Joey was a prime example of this. He spent his time running away from problems by smoking pot, drinking rum and getting into fights because he became angrier as he drank, until he met Dorothy. To Joey Dorothy was a doll, something precious that he never wanted to...more
Jessica Jett
This book is a marvelous masterpiece, and I can't believe I got to read it before most everyone on this planet.

Full review closer to release date :)
Wow. The first word that comes to mind after reading this book is- powerful. That’s closely followed by gritty, honest, and real.

From page one we are introduced to Joey, written in a fractured prose that reflects his painful reality. He’s not a perfect guy by any means, as he copes with a painful home life with alcohol and fighting, but he’s honest and his story is heartbreaking. Despite his tough exterior, there’s a sweetness to his demeanor that Dorothy sees from the beginning. Dorothy comes...more
Carol Clarke
This book was heart breaking, I read the blurb and thought I knew what I was going to be reading but I never expected it to pull on my heartstrings so much.

I fell in love with Joey it felt like he was fighting himself with the reality of his life with the life he could have but things he does not deserve.

Dorothy is the person you hope you'd be, the person who will see through it all and stand by someone no matter what. She is worth learning from.

A must read and I want more.
I received this galley in exchange for an honest review.

Selene Castrovilla is one of those authors that I will read whatever she writes. She has such an incredible talent for storytelling, and Melt was no exception. I fell in love with these characters from the very start. My heart broke several times while reading, especially for Joey and the pain that he had to endure. Joey definitely had his issues, including violence and drinking, but he was a sweet, caring person who wanted to love and pro...more
Painful. Heartbreaking. Real.

Melt is a beautifully written story about two teenagers, Joey and Dorothy, with painful pasts and horrible presents and no hope for a pleasant future. Although set against the backdrop of The Wizard of Oz, it deals with the very, very real issue of abuse and neglect that teens today face, all over the world.

Joey has a bad reputation and we meet him quite early in the book. His inner voice is painful to read in some places and absolutely heartbreaking in others. The f...more
Kazhy (My Library in the Making)
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MELT is not a book for the faint of heart. I went into it on a lazy Sunday morning and having completely forgotten what the blurb said, and instantly it had me in its grip. This is one of those books that is just impossible to put down, and because of its length - three hundred twenty-eight pages, according to Goodreads, but it does feel significantly shorter than that - I don't think anyone would have to.

Dorothy is an all-around good girl: she has...more
This is a perfect YA book! I love love love the way the story switches from the painful prose of Joey to the narration by Dorothy! I am so glad I read this book. It was beautiful and I recommend it to all YA fans! Thank you to the author for this amazing and beautiful book.
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Aug 23, 2014 Kelly (Diva Booknerd) marked it as to-read
I want this *grabby hands*
November can't come soon enough.
I loved it! Would have been five if not for a tiny case of instalove!
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Selene Castrovilla is an award-winning teen and children’s author who believes that through all trends, humanity remains at the core of literature. She is the author of Saved By the Music and The Girl Next Door, teen novels originally published by WestSide Books and now available digitally through ASD Publishing. Her third children’s book with Calkins Creek Books, Revolutionary Friends, was releas...more
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