Publisher: Last Syllable Books
Genre: YA Realistic Fiction
Source: Publisher via Netgallley
My Rating: 4 Umbrellas
Based on true events, MELT is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance. MELT will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul.
MELT is a brutal love story set against the metaphorical backdrop of The Wizard of Oz (not a retelling). When sixteen year old Dorothy moves to the small town of Highland Park, she meets, and falls for Joey – a “bad boy” who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey’s reputation, and his alcoholism?
Told in dual first person, Joey’s words are scattered on the page – reflecting his broken state. Dorothy is the voice of reason – until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Can their love endure, or will it melt away?
This was a hard read, but one that I couldn’t seem to put down. With harsh subjects of child abuse and domestic violence, Melt is one of those books that will have the reader praying, to whatever deity, that they aren’t going through the situations that are bleeding from the pages of this book. It’s narrated well enough, that I felt for these anguished characters. And in turn, I prayed for a happy ending. And though the romance seemed a bit rushed, I couldn’t really be too annoyed about it because I was ready for some mushiness between them.
This is in no way a Wizard of Oz retelling, the cover just happens to be a yellow brick road and the main character’s name is Dorothy. Dorothy has her own problems to deal with but when she meets bad boy Joey, she tries to help him see the good that can be his life. I’m glad that the author used dual POV in this because there is nothing more refreshing than to get inside the head of Joey. His accounts of his past and all the things that have lead him to who he is at the present, are very hard to read.
This book may not be for everyone, simply because of the subject matter. If alcoholism, drugs, sex, abuse, etc… gets to you, then I would say don’t read it. Still, the book is great and if you are up for some poetic dialogue, I say jump in. With tissues. Maybe a cup of hot tea as well. A good read for me and I would recommend to those who aren’t afraid to read about the harsh realities that people go through all over the world.