Monday, August 1, 2016

738 Days by Stacey Kade

Goodreads Summary:
At fifteen, Amanda Grace was abducted on her way home from school. 738 days later, she escaped. Her 20/20 interview is what everyone remembers—Amanda describing the room where she was kept, the torn poster of TV heartthrob Chase Henry on the wall. It reminded her of home and gave her the strength to keep fighting.

Now, years later, Amanda is struggling to live normally. Her friends have gone on to college, while she battles PTSD. She’s not getting any better, and she fears that if something doesn’t change soon she never will.

Six years ago, Chase Henry defied astronomical odds, won a coveted role on a new TV show, and was elevated to super-stardom. With it, came drugs, alcohol, arrests, and crazy spending sprees. Now he's sober and a Hollywood pariah, washed up at twenty-four.

To revamp his image, Chase’s publicist comes up with a plan: surprise Amanda Grace with the chance to meet her hero, followed by a visit to the set of Chase’s new movie. The meeting is a disaster, but out of mutual desperation, Amanda and Chase strike a deal. What starts as a simple arrangement, though, rapidly becomes more complicated when they realize they need each other in more ways than one. But when the past resurfaces in a new threat, will they stand together or fall apart?

My Review:
Amanda Grace went through one of the most terrifying things a person can go through. Being abducted at fifteen and chained to the floor for 738 days. I can't even imagine. What kept her going through all that? Chase Henry. Well not the real him but, a poster of him that she hallucinated to be real. The hallucination is what got her rescued. A year later she is doing better but, is still damaged. The man who abducted her has left her a fearful girl who is still afraid to live her life. She has some pretty severe PTSD and I can understand why. She is stronger then she thinks but, it's going to take something substantial to make her understand that. What she doesn't expect is for the real Chase Henry to show up at her job. What Chase doesn't expect is that meeting with Amanda is going to go horribly wrong. Can these two figure out how to be around each other and both benefit from it?

I will warn you. There is some serious subject matter in this book. Amanda is abused by her abductor in more ways then one. She has to overcome some serious traumas that happened to her. A lot of this book involves her having issues with her PTSD. 

Amanda is not an easy person to get to know. Chase has a lot to learn. Especially surprising her when he used to be an hallucination. Probably not the best idea. However, he might be the one person who can help her. The one to get her out of her shell and to be less afraid. I don't think a person who has went through what she did will ever be ok. Chase however, can help her live a more normal life. She already trusts him in some weird way due to the hallucinations but, this is not her Chase. He is different. At the very least they should get a friendship out of this or will something deeper develop between these two. 

I really enjoyed this book. Even though it was more on the serious side. It is about a girl who has an immense about of strength to get through something terrible. It is a story about living life to the fullest even when things look bleak. You definitely need to give this on a read. 

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