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A boy, his sister, and her psychopathic roommate. A New Year’s Eve party, a missing person, and a single set of footprints in the snow.Life is sweet for Katherine Langley, a first-year student at the University of Virginia. She is finally free from the drama of her parents’ dysfunctional marriage and ready to focus on studying to become a nurse. Her brother, Ben, belongs tA boy, his sister, and her psychopathic roommate. A New Year’s Eve party, a missing person, and a single set of footprints in the snow.Life is sweet for Katherine Langley, a first-year student at the University of Virginia. She is finally free from the drama of her parents’ dysfunctional marriage and ready to focus on studying to become a nurse. Her brother, Ben, belongs to the hottest fraternity on campus, and her roommate, Emma, is beautiful and charming, a party girl whose answer for a hangover is happy hour. She is also a psychopath. When obsessive-compulsive Ben succumbs to Emma’s charms and falls dangerously off-track, Katherine must save her brother from himself. From the University of Virginia campus to a cozy cottage on Carter’s Creek, Saving Ben is a haunting tale of love and loyalty, anger management, substance abuse, and betrayal. “This beautifully designed book might have come from any of the biggest publishing houses and sit shoulder to shoulder with some of the best LOOKING books to be released this year . . .The writing is exceptional and the story compelling with an emotional resonance that demonstrates a maturity to the writing that makes Ashley Farley an author to watch.”— Judge, Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards...

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ISBN : 9781481960878
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Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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Saving Ben Reviews

  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    2019-06-04 11:25

    I was asked by the author to read and review this book. After a lot of thought, this book is between 3.5 and 4 stars, but much closer to 4 stars.Saving Ben by Ashley Farely is a new adult book, taking place during college years, a time in which I have a special place in my heart. The book stars Katherine, who seems to have it all-- a wealthy lifestyle and a brother who dotes on her. But her parents have their own issues and have been distant, and she is excited to get out of her brother's protective eye. She joins him at UVA as a freshman, and meets her gorgeous and seemingly perfect roommate, Emma, who slowly shows her true colors the longer she is around. To make matters worse, she has Ben under her spell, and things slowly fall apart. Then Emma goes missing.The first half of this book was completely riveting. I loved the setup of the book, which while not the most new idea (it reminds me of Poison Ivy and a couple of other movies where the crazy girl wants to take over another girl's life), the setting, atmosphere, and strong characterization of Katherine, her brother, and their friends, made it unique in its own way. The second half was less strong, but had some great twists, and I think it ended plot wise the only way it could. My main issue with this book is that the second half seemed a lot more telling instead of showing, which was more dramatically seen for me, since the first half did not have this issue. Because of this, a particular relationship that occurs did not have the same impact that it probably should have. That said, I raced through this book from cover to cover, and it was a very strong first novel. I think that Farley will just get better and better.

  • Amy's Book Reviews
    2019-05-27 06:36

    DNF due to heavy handed mediocre writing (all tell no show), unlikable narrator and brother and I had more sympathy for the sociopath.

  • Cyndy
    2019-06-03 12:42

    This book is unbelievably AWFUL. The relationship between the brother and sister is pure fantasy. It was free and I had run out of real books so I finished it. I kept waiting for it to get better but what happened was it got worse. The sanctimonious tone of "Kitty" and the smarmy attitude of her brother Ben was bordering on ridiculous. Kitty was supposedly an 18-year old with a 35-year old mentality. She knew everything. WOW. This book was so stupid I'm embarrassed now that I read it. And surely it must be YA, right????

  • Brenda Ayala
    2019-05-25 14:35

    Saving Ben made me want to beat people up. Most notably Emma, which I think is probably kind of predictable considering she's a psychopath. She's so damn good at it, she doesn't seem to just be a character in a book. I was paranoid that I would run into a girl like this in real life—although I think I'm safe because I'm not rich enough to have designer clothes for her to steal. Emma was psycho. She was diabolical and evil and a monster and every other word you can come up with. Huge commendation to the author for making all of the characters seem real, including Emma. She was deceitful and manipulating, but of course none of the other characters realized it right away. I have the unfair advantage of being the reader and reading the synopsis. My favorite character was actually Abby. And everything that happened with her made me want to give the poor girl a big hug and take her away from that place. That probably wouldn't be enough to suffice after all the crap she went through but she seemed so real, so tangible I felt this might have been an actual option at some point. She was sweet and a good person and I ached for her. The actual plot line was so amazing. There was that brief bit in the beginning to give us a glimpse into where the story would lead. Everything after that was so well done and the writing flowed perfectly. I'm pretty sure this is an indie author, but there's no evidence to support this. Generally a lot of the writing will be a bit clunky and the dialogue won't be natural. In this case that wasn't an issue. Again, the characters seemed so real that it was just amazing. The way Emma slowly upped the ante and sabotaged Katherine's life through Ben was fantastically done. She managed to turn Ben and his mother against Katherine, despite her being the only one with any real rationale. The tension was strong. The hostility and animosity Katherine felt for Emma was definitely something I shared with her. I wanted her to pay for what she had done. Especially after everything she said to Abby, which I'm pretty sure had a great deal to do with Abby's deterioration. Emma's character was perfect. Her comments were never overt and were just passable enough for the others to let is slide. She was never over the top, which I think is a huge accomplishment. So many authors try to make an “evil” character and then overdo it, making it kind of comical. In this case that wasn't an issue.I can't properly explain how great this book is. I absolutely loved it and I'm so glad I came across it. It's a worthwhile read that is very well done and worth taking a look at.

  • Cameron Vest
    2019-06-09 14:37

    DisappointingDisappointingNot well edited at all, the book spends a lot of time setting up a mystery that is never heartily explored. It was obvious and rode heavily on the Charlottesville setting.

  • Imani
    2019-05-18 14:28

    This is not a love story or romance. This is a story about a brother, a sister and her psychotic roommate.I really enjoyed Saving Ben. Saving Ben is about Katherine in her first year in college with her older brother who's two years in to college. This story does cover almost two years but not in a way that annoys you.The problem of the story is Emma and what happened to her. Because in the first chapter it is Ben and Katherine seeing footprints out into a dock with a boathouse, where Emma presumably is. There are a lot of characters, like family, and friends. The friends and other people are kind of important.If you like books about sibling love and friendships then this is for you.

  • Teresa
    2019-05-17 10:33

    Katherine enters her first year of college believing that her biggest problem will be trying to keep her older brother Ben from scaring off potential love interests. They grew up in a wealthy family but they've always watched out for one another due to their often-absent and inattentive parents. Rather than rooming with a friend from high school Katherine opts for entering the roommate lottery and it appears that she's done well when she meets Emily. Emily is stunningly beautiful, friendly...literally the life of the party. Unfortunately things are not always what they seem. Emily is a girl with secrets and before the story ends Emily's secrets will bring an explosion of distrust, violence and ultimately death.

  • Jess
    2019-05-19 10:25

    Rich white kids with rich white kid problems... oh and a psychopathic girlfriend from a poor family attempting to sleep with every man she encounters. You know, normal Tuesday shenanigans. Blah!

  • Michelle
    2019-06-02 09:41

    Had a hard time getting into this book. Ending was not believable and felt like author was in a rush to finish.

  • Gina
    2019-06-05 14:36

    Goodreads Description- A boy, his sister, and her psychopathic roommate. A New Year’s Eve party, a missing person, and a single set of footprints in the snow.Life is sweet for Katherine Langley, a first-year student at the University of Virginia. She is finally free from the drama of her parents’ dysfunctional marriage and ready to focus on studying to become a nurse. Her brother, Ben, belongs to the hottest fraternity on campus, and her roommate, Emma, is beautiful and charming, a party girl whose answer for a hangover is happy hour. She is also a psychopath. When obsessive-compulsive Ben succumbs to Emma’s charms and falls dangerously off-track, Katherine must save her brother from himself. From the University of Virginia campus to a cozy cottage on Carter’s Creek, Saving Ben is a haunting tale of love and loyalty, anger management, substance abuse, and betrayal. ***The book starts out with Katherine, "Kitty", starting her freshman year at UVA where her older brother Ben also goes to school. Kitty comes from a fairly wealthy background and she is mostly concerned, at first, that Ben will be overprotective and interfere with her ever finding a guy. We also meet Kitty's eccentric roommate Emma who immediately latches onto Kitty for friendship and support. When Ben and Emma meet, sparks fly and they are thrown into an immediate relationship. Once Emma gets a taste of Ben and Kitty's more affluent life the reader begins to see the psychopathy in Emma's personality and she starts to bring Ben down the wrong road filled with alcohol and drugs. Worried about her brother, Kitty now finds herself as Ben's caretaker as she sees just how manipulative Emma can be. The story is told from Kitty's point of view and the reader watches as Emma becomes crazier and crazier while Ben seems to be spiraling downward. There are other secondary characters, friends from school and home and I felt the most for Abby because Emma targeted her while she was weak and was ultimately responsible for what happens. The beginning of the story starts out strong and Farley does an excellent job at showing not telling the story. However, the second half of the book seemed rushed and left bare. So much more could have been added to make the ending much more satisfying.One thing I didn't understand was why after all of the times Emma showed her psychopathic self did Kitty ever just tell her no or to leave? Kitty was a sophomore by the end of the book and when Emma crashed the New Year party, why did they all let her stay? Even after a physical altercation between Emma and Kitty, Emma wasn't told to leave. This seemed very immature and not congruent with what a 20 year old would do in a situation like the one on New Years.This is the author's debut novel and it was okay. I think there is room for growth. She had a good idea for a plot but didn't execute it very well. I do have another book written by a Farley and will read it with hope that her writing will improve because there were definitely some well written parts. She needs to follow through with that type of writing to the end. 3 stars.

  • ☕ Kimberly
    2019-05-30 09:38

    Five reasons to curl up with Saving BenKatherine Langley wakes on New Year’s Day to find her brother’s girlfriend Emma missing and a single set of footprints leading to the dock on the lake.  Farley then takes us back to when Katherine “Kitty” and her brother Ben met Emma. We spent most of our time learning about Emma and her impact on them as we move towards the footprints in the snow.The whole time you are reading you will be pondering the question, “Is Emma missing, dead or kidnapped?” It added suspense and every character becomes a possible suspect. Did they do something to Emma? Farley takes us from campus to the Langley’s summer home giving us a glimpse into their lives with delightful detail.Farley weaved in siblings, their friends and family.  We witness the strains Emma puts on these relationships, the manipulation and the lies. All of it was realistic and kept me connected. From Kitty’s strained relationship with her mother to the protectiveness of her brother, Farley fleshed out each character without over the top drama. Emma is a vivid character who will evoke strong feelings from the reader and none of them pleasant. Motive isn't hard to understand and we quickly assume foul play.We see relationships in many stages and not just of the romantic variety. We do see the siblings develop romances but these are side stories and weave in and out of the main mystery thread. Little side threads dealing with friends and loss had substance and Farley weaved them into the tale in a clever way. She touches on drug use, teenage alcoholism, bullying, parental issues and suicide adding some depth.Twists and turns made the tale exciting leading up to the footprints and disappearance. The second half of the book ended up being more telling than showing, which was disappointing. While Farley wraps things up, I would have liked to see things unfold a little more slowly. However, Saving Ben was a refreshing mystery and something we need more of in the new adult genre.Copy gifted by author. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-04 12:32

    Saving Ben started off okay. I had no idea where the story was going at first, and it was a lot of telling not showing. The entire story is narrated by Katherine. It is just her telling what happened so the telling wasn't as annoying at first, though I do like showing better. At first Katherine is drawn in by Emma, and her brother Ben is instantly attracted to her. Emma right from the start is a little off. She gets more manipulative and such the longer the story goes on.I was going along with the story just fine for most of the book, even if it was a bit boring. I saw how everyone was worried about Ben, but they couldn't really do anything since he will do what he wants to do. He had to reach rock bottom before he could make some changes for himself. Everyone except Ben hated Emma with good reason. I got all of that and went along with it, even though it was told and not shown.Then we get towards the end and I just got sick of everyone being an idiot in regards to Emma. Yes she is crazy. Yes they all hate her, so why do they still let her crash their party? Why do they still let her spend the night? You get in a physical altercation with her and yet you still let her stay? Ben says she is stalking him and you still think this is a good idea? From then on it was just like what are you thinking?!? Why would you get in the car with crazy guy you think is the killer? Why would you do any of these idiotic things you did? Did you learn nothing? I thought you saw through Emma and her games, so why are you still playing into them? It made no sense. Emma was a horrible person, but Katherine was just stupid. I was hoping that she would have grown and learned from her experiences, but I don't think she did. It was just like poor decision after poor decision and I really started to hate it. It just got to be too much.Also posted to Jen in Bookland

  • Adriane
    2019-06-14 11:41

    It is so much fun to read a book that is set where you live! I am from the Richmond area and when I saw that the majority of this book was set in UVA/Charlottesville and Carter's Creek, I was super excited to review it! In fact, traveling between the two, they pretty much drive right past my house! Anyway, onto the book itself (you know, the important stuff!) Katherine (or Kitty) has a psycho roommate, literally. Emma is controlling about everything, and she has gotten her claws into Kitty's brother Ben. Kitty has spent her whole life protecting her brother from one thing or another and she suddenly has to figure out that the only way to save Ben this time is to do nothing. Until the day that Emma goes missing. I'm not really a huge mystery fan, but because of the above mentioned location of the book, I was excited to review this one. But I have to tell you, it was a really good read. Emma is kind of scary. I know that there are people like her out there, and to be honest I'm pretty sure that I was on a hall with one in college. But to see some of the stuff she does is just creepy! Then you have Ben who just gets pulled further and further into the addiction that is Emma. Kitty tries over and over to save him but finally learns that he is the one that has to save himself. I liked the story, but sometimes it was a little hard to connect with the characters. There was a lot of back and forth, and to be honest, a lot of partying. It didn't seem all that realistic to me for the college scene. I know UVA is a pretty tough school, so I would think it would be a little harder and a little more work would have to go into being a student at the school. Overall a good book. I felt like I kind of knew what was going to happen, and didn't feel like it was a huge emotional pull on me like it could have been if I had connected just a little bit more with the characters like I wanted to.

  • Toni Osborne
    2019-06-07 10:47

    This contemporary mystery main aim is to highlight the special bond between siblings and to bring focus on the many struggles one can experience during college life. This is a haunting tale of love, loyalty, anger management, substance abuse and betrayal.Ben and Kitty are the primary players but Emma is the character to watch for. She is Kitty’s bitchy roommate who brought havoc between brother and sister. Without her this story would not have been quite captivating she is portrayed as a complete psychopath. I love mystery but this one is a bit too soft for my taste, the first half is mainly the set-up of college life: the setting, atmosphere and the relationships, etc. The second half is more dramatic and moves along at a better pace but the suspense is kind of lightweight and the development so predictable I became anxious to see the end. Having said this does not mean it is boring, on the contrary it is quite a sentimental journey.This lively story is told from the perspective of young adults. The portrayal of friendship and the strong characterization is where this story excels. The dialogue is somewhat stilted although I did overcome noticing this after a while. How Ben slowly spiral out of control, starts drinking, does drugs and argues all the time is especially well represented. The serious problems concerning anorexia as well as family issues are also at the forefront. There is something to please everyone even a murder scene for the mystery buffs to enjoy. This book should appeal mostly to older teens and young adults and to older adults who which to reminisce about their days in college…

  • Sue McGarvie
    2019-06-09 07:25

    OK, this book is NOT fantasy and yet I consider it fantastic. The perfection with which Ms. Farley introduces the characters to us, it makes them almost real.Katherine (Kitty) and Ben were part of the family right away. I was able to feel their emotions, experience everything they went through. They are so...human, so believable it is easy to relate them to oneself or someone we know.Abigail touched my heart and I could perfectly understand Katherine's love for her. Ben's life with its ups and Emmas. George with all that love and protectiveness for his sister. I shall say everyone should read this and learn all about sibling relationships. I loved reading this boom, it took me to a real place and time I had never been to before.

  • Janet Eshenroder
    2019-06-11 14:42

    One and a half stars. A Kindle free book. It kept me busy on a trip. Grew a lot more boring when I wasn't trapped in an airport.

  • Julian Caridad
    2019-06-07 11:46

    Worth the ReadThe author captures Emma's personality well enough so the reader gets a sense of how bat shit crazy she is, it was hard to put down at times because of the foreshadowing details. The main character, Katherine, is interesting and witty at times. I did end up laughing out loud several times throughout the book. The only reason I knocked a star was because of all the talk of rich people nonsense details. The details do make for a good visual setting, but it seemed like they were going to a party almost every chapter, describing this state of the art, that shiny expensive thing, and this super important person blah blah. All in all, I did enjoy the book and would recommend it for a quick read.

  • Megan
    2019-05-28 09:32

    Great!This book was really good! I wasn’t sure since I got it for free with an Amazon Prime membership(I mean, why would an amazing book be free when they could make money off it??!) but I loved it! It’s actually different from what I usually read but I actually enjoyed it a lot. Just seeing all the characters develop together and thinking about how close they were as kids was sweet. I was confused for a little bit because it gives you a sneak peek at the beginning but then doesn’t wrap back around to that part of the book for quite a while! Very creative and nicely written. I definitely recommend and will be looking into other books by this author.

  • Barbara
    2019-05-30 12:32

    I would give more stars if I could ......Saving Ben is absolutely one of the best books I've *ever* read (and I've read a great many books). This book hooked me from page one and didn't let go 'til the very last page. The characters are fully developed and realistic. The storyline meticulously developed without being too wordy. Saving Ben is, in fact, so well written I'm afraid if I describe it too much there would be a Spoiler Alert; it's that woven together. I can only encourage others to try it .......... the first page will take it from there.

  • Becky Lange
    2019-06-02 06:49

    A quick read but the story was ridiculous. Teenagers acting and speaking/acting like adults. A story line that started off ok and just deteriorated. No good conclusion to anything. And my pet peeve, typos everywhere. It was a free kindle book so I guess you get what you pay for. Do not recommend I’m embarrassed I even spent a night reading it.

  • Sherry Bledsoe
    2019-05-21 07:27

    Sad and accurate So many of us know some one: daughter, son, friend, college roomate, and/or co-worker whose story mirrors the plot in this book. To say it is an epidemic is quite an understatement but it is safe to say we are a Country whose face has turned away from God and focuses on the quick psychotropic quick fixes. This has allowed our culture a "cop out" and removes the blame from our doorstep. We should be ashamed that rather than actively seek a solution we are still systemically seeking to white wash the the true answer. Finding our way back to God and ridding ourselves of a culture more concerned with political correctness than what our Country was founded upon and what our forefathers fought and died for (not to mention what our Savior sacrificed and died for) in order to secure our salvation and a Country of rare priviledges in which we are allowed to worship with out persecution. Yet, we still seek the easy way out

  • Carly Severino
    2019-05-26 12:43

    Full thoughts forthcoming on the blog, but here's a taste: "Quite simply, this book was so bad it was good in a way that can only be described as a strange fusion of Jerry Springer, Dr. Phil, and Pretty Little Liars."

  • Leigh Goldian
    2019-06-11 07:34

    So captivating!This book totally sucked me in! At first I thought it was just going to be another romance novel, but it’s so much more than that! I don’t want to spoil it for anybody else, so I won’t say anymore. Just read it!

  • Dona Kay Hakes
    2019-06-10 08:39

    This book was greatI would highly recommend this book to everyone. It has several different stories rapped into one. The ending was very surprising.

  • Morgan
    2019-06-13 08:34

    Didn't like it. Kept skipping through pages and ended up not finishing.

  • Harnest
    2019-05-22 07:47

    Family dynamicsHaving read several of Ashley Farley books, I love her style of writing. I quickly became engrossed in her books.

  • Dominique Jones
    2019-06-03 12:34

    Too boringToo boring... Starts off way to slow. Copycat to all other books. Never again. I will not recommend this book

  • Jacqueline Guinn
    2019-05-30 07:32

    Too much swearing

  • Nina
    2019-05-22 10:43

    I was so hyped to start reading this book. Having the word psychopath in the blurb makes me want to finish it already.I'd be honest first that, with that blurb, I thought this will all be mysterious and thrilling all throughout from the beginning till the end. I was a bit disappointed by that aspect because there was only a flashback explaining and leading to the start of the novel. The thrilling part was only at the latter of the book. But I didn't care because I really enjoyed it still. Having the flashback made me understand the present more. And for this book, I believe Ashley was able to pull off a nice flashback.The flashback was pretty normal. Or should I say crazy because I want to slap Emma. No, seriously. She was such a bitch! Sorry for the term. But she really was. She kept doing things that were so not appropriate and since I know people like her exist, I actually pity her as the story went on. Her personality wasn't just a choice of her. It was really innate in her. And I do know that sometimes, we cannot really mess up with what's innate of us. While I was reading, I kept on waiting for her to do something so stupid that Ben will just actually leave her. But Ben was such a loving person. So he kept coming back to her despite of all the bad influences Emma had on him. Yet I was so glad when Ben came to his senses.Katherine and Ben's relationship is one that I really admire and adore. They're such a great team. Not all siblings have that kind of bond and loyalty. Especially when Ben had his worst days, Katherine still fought for him till the end even if she became a victim. What Ben did to Katherine was such a great reflection of people who are so dependent on drugs. Sometimes, their minds get so clouded that they don't really have time to process whether what they're going to do is right or wrong, good or bad. Whatever it takes, they'll just do it. I'm not saying that what Ben did to his sister was fine. It wasn't. But given the circumstances of Ben's life that time, it was understandable in a way. It wasn't an excuse but it was enough to know that it wasn't done on purpose. And when you get to the part of how sorry he was, it was just so heartbreaking because really, you wouldn't want to do that to your sister or brother or to any of your loved ones for that matter.Surprises, of course were present in here. Actually, A LOT. That's one of the things that made me enjoy this so much. And there's more to the story than that blurb. Can't even say how great the surprises were! But I gotta say that it involved not just Katherine, Emma and Ben. Since I was reading from Katherine's POV, I sort of became a spectator of someone else's life. It sort of shifted the attention to those characters. And it was such a nice feeling because the story wasn't really that centered on the MC even if Katherine was so much involved. Although Katherine did have issues, her issues weren't much of a great concern if you look at the story as a whole. Through her, I felt how it was to be that someone close to people who were so lost in their worlds. I do hope you get what I mean! Oh, and just so you know, this is such a tragedy.Saving Ben is a great read for understanding how much drug abuse, alcohol dependency, betrayal and death can influence and affect people's lives. You'll see how others especially the ones you are close with can have a great impact on your life without you actually realizing it. Lastly, you'll realize that family is such a big part of your life, good or bad.Originally posted at The Bookish Confections

  • Novels On The Run
    2019-05-18 12:51

    BOOK REVIEW by Michelle 4TH July 2013:RATING: 4 BEN STARS!!I got to say I am in two minds about this book. It was a great debut book for Ashley. I thought it was well edited and the story flowed well. The cover is stunning. Love it.This is a story about a brother and sister who have parents who are more or less living in their own world. Sometimes a selfish world. Ben and Katherine aka Kitty attend the same college. Ben being the older, he is twenty one. Ben is protective of Kitty when it comes to college boys, and guys in general. It doesn’t take long for Ben to find himself in a tangled web with the manipulative and at times sinister, Emma Stone.Emma will be guaranteed to make you see ‘red’. You can tell where this biaatch is headed. She is not a good sort to get mixed up with. Unfortunately, she is Kitty’s roommate. We watch Emma worm her way into Ben’s life and toss him about like trash emotionally. Sometimes there is no hope for a guy when he falls for the wrong girl. Emotionally he is doomed to follow almost like a lamb to the slaughter. Guys think with their dick. Not with their head.We watch Kitty wake up to her roommates manipulation and Ben’s best mates, Spotty and Reed are on it too. But how do you tell somebody you love, get through to them when they see only what they want to see?Drinking and partying and drug use pull Ben under and Kitty has to sit back and watch it happen. Her parents are no help, and Spotty and Reed almost have a bro code where they don’t get involved.To sit back and watch one person be so damaging to a life that had everything going for it, is not something Kitty will do in the end.Time to save Ben.Emma is playing a dangerous game, one that will backfire on her and Kitty must go all Nancy Drew to save her brother.I’m not a huge fan of reading about a black widow style of character. I find them stressful reads, but Ashley handled it well.I am not familiar with rush and pledges when it comes to sorority, to me it sounds like a pain in the ass having to prove yourself and get all stressed about a group wanting you. Sometimes I felt like I wasn’t connecting as well as I should be with the characters. I really like Thompson. He felt like a real person in this story who you could trust and he connected with me pretty quickly.I really liked Archer too. She is a great sub character.Abigail I thought was a great tormented character. Yabba had issues that were very real and deep and ...sad.I think I enjoyed the latter part of the book more as I felt the pace picked up and the characters had more energy.A book with heartache, betrayal, drugs, partying and loss, that should never have happened. In life some of us hurt more on the inside than we are willing to share and that can be our downfall. The damage left behind for the family members can often be so hurtful that it is hard to come back from. I have watched drugs ruin a guy I knew, we could all see where it was headed, it was only a matter of time. We watched his parents try everything they could, but it was never going to be enough. It ended up quite sinister his life, until he had no life left. He felt he had only one way out. And sadly , he took it.This is a tragic read in parts with a time to repair damaged relationships, and to move forward in life, some bumps in the road are bigger and more challenging than others.Sometimes we can fight the battle and win.....sometimes we can fight and fight.... and everybody loses.Michelle