I wasn't exactly sure what to expect by Stacey Trombley's Naked. I knew it would be more of a serious book, but I didn't realize how much it would capI wasn't exactly sure what to expect by Stacey Trombley's Naked. I knew it would be more of a serious book, but I didn't realize how much it would capture me. This story is one of those that will grab you by the throat and take your breath away. If you're looking for a lighthearted read, this book isn't for you. This is a darker story, with darker and more mature themes, and a lot of the time, that type of story really smothers me. The author handled these situations so well, however, that the book didn't come across as too heavy and depressing.
The characters are interesting and complex. Anna has been through something that no girl at 13 should have to endure, and has spent three years living a life that no teen should be subjected to. Now she's back, and struggling to start up a new life, back with her parents, who had been the reason she ran away in the first place. I loved the conflict here, and the fact that there are some surprises waiting for her at home that she didn't expect.
I also loved Jackson. For a love interest, Jackson was great because he was a friend first. There is an innocence and sweetness about him that is exactly what Anna needs right now. For a girl who has no innocence left, for her to be around someone like Jackson is like getting a big dose of hope and innocence back into her life that she might not have gotten otherwise. He is a light in her life, and I think the author picked the perfect person to give her as an escape from what she's been through.
But everything isn't perfect, of course. There are rumors at school, ones that hit really close to home. There's also someone leaving her notes who knows exactly who she is. And although worried, I love the fact that she's no shrinking violet. Where she came from has taught her to be tough and strong. Watching her learn to balance that hard girl she was with the more innocent one she wants to be was alternately sad and gratifying.
The author did a fantastic job working with a very heavy topic. It's about rediscovering yourself after tragedy, and learning to forgive yourself. It was touching and raw and poignant. Fantastic read....more
I've been on a post-apocalyptic kick lately, and this one was a winner for me! I loved this story from the first page. It doesn't take long for the acI've been on a post-apocalyptic kick lately, and this one was a winner for me! I loved this story from the first page. It doesn't take long for the action to start, and when it does, it was amazing through the very end.
I really liked Dee as a character. At first, you can tell she's somewhat of a pampered, angsty fifteen year old, pretty average in that way, and who is mad at her parents. They've dropped her off at her grandpa's farm while they're off to an Alaskan cruise. You can tell something has happened between them at the beginning, but you don't know quite what it is. As soon as they leave, Dee gets it into her head that she's going to leave and uses her grandpa's truck to do it. She picks up a hitchhiker, and from that point on, things get really interesting.
I loved Dee from that point on. The author didn't waste a bunch of time letting her fifteen year old heroine sit around and angst further, whining about circumstances or denying what's happening. She's smart and acts immediately. She learns quick, and she works to get back to her grandpa.
This story ends up with a small mis-matched group of characters working together at her grandpa's farm and learning to survive in a new world where there's no electricity, no good drinking water, and barely any food. I loved and adored every single character in this story, and and they all fit together so perfectly and lent some sort of special element to the story.
Aside from the obvious threat and danger of survival, there's also an external threat that comes from a source they never might expect. There was survivalist training, an element of suspense, some heartbreak, and some romance. The author did an amazing job pulling me in and holding my attention until the last exciting, amazing moment. I will definitely be sticking with this series to find out what happens next!...more
I'm not sure what happened with me and this book. I was really looking forward to this one, mainly because Beth Revis' Across the Universe series, andI'm not sure what happened with me and this book. I was really looking forward to this one, mainly because Beth Revis' Across the Universe series, and Amy Kathleen Ryan's Glow series have really gotten me into sci-fi space-type books with romance. So I figured this one would be similar. I'm not sure if I went into it with my expectations too high, or looking already to compare it to the aforementioned other two series' that I loved, but I had a hard time getting through this one.
I finished it because I don't like to DNF, but to be perfectly honest, this book bored me. The only redeeming quality was the main character. I did like her because she was real, not perfect, but flawed. It was depressing how she has tragedy all around her, and so I really felt for her quite a bit. But I have to admit that this is where it ended for me.
I didn't really care for any of the guy characters in the book at all. One is selfish, nerdy (and not the cute nerd type either), and kind of a know it all, and the other one is self-centered, conceited and clueless. Then there's a dream-state guy that you think is an alien, and I have to wonder how that's going to look as a romance in book 2. So for me, there wasn't really a romance in this story at all, which is always a major letdown for me because I'm a romantic who loves to read romance in my books.
I just never really felt invested in this story, and I never felt connected to the characters. I skimmed to get through it. I know quite a few people have loved this story, and more power to them. It just wasn't for me....more