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By Shari Arnold
Published on October 16, 2014
Published by CreateSpace
Published by CreateSpace
Normal is so overrated. At least that's what seventeen-year-old Kate Triumph tells herself everyday. But the truth is she lives in constant fear that someone will discover how not normal she really is. With her startling speed and her unusual ability to heal, Kate believes she's something of a freak.
Then Andrew Shore arrives.
He claims he's her father, sticks around for a few days and leaves her a plane ticket. “Come to Mercer Island,” he says. “Give me a chance to get to know you.” Soon Kate is floundering in a world of new: new address, new car, new high school and, of course, new father. Not to mention Zack, her intriguing new neighbor, who makes her want to abandon her steadfast rule of never allowing anyone to get too close. But when she discovers someone is trying to kill her, life for Kate gets a bit more complicated. And a lot less normal.
I honestly didn't know exactly what to expect when I started this one, but it sounded like a superpowers book to me. And it was, but man. It was so much more than that. And I could not have loved it more.
Kate loves to run. That is how we meet her, in the beginning of the story. She is at her high school track meet, stretching and getting ready for the race. She has a serious reputation among the other high schools, and that has caused some... frustration and jealousy among a lot of them. Even her own teammates. Kate has suffered a lot at their hands, but she loves to run. She doesn't let any of it stop her. At this particular race, opponents of hers trick her and end up shoving her in a locker, trying to get her to miss her race. She frees herself, and in her anger she doesn't think. She just runs.
Kate's mom, Olivia, has always known that Kate was different. She heals fast, she runs fast, and Olivia has always tried to shield Kate from others finding out her abilities. That means that Kate and her mom are "we", and that is Kate's only "we". And even though she loves her mom so very much, she is lonely. Her mom wants her to quit the team after her performance at the meet, but Kate cannot imagine giving that up.
On their way home from the airport that evening, there is a wreck. A serious wreck. And Kate's life changes in ways she never could have imagined. She loses her mom, meets a man who says he is father that she thought was dead, moves to a new state and starts a new school. It is all almost more than she can bare. But slowly, through the help of Andrew (her father), and the brothers that live next door, Kate begins to live her life. She begins to come out of the shell she has lived in her whole life, begins letting people in. She makes some really great friends, for once she is welcomed on the track team. And starts a romance with Zach, one of the brothers next door, even though she is scared she will eventually have to give it all up. But then trouble comes her way. BIG trouble, and all of a sudden, Kate and her new loved ones, her new life, are threatened by someone that wants to dissect her, study her. She must rely on everyone to get through this, and pray they all make it through as well.
I adored Kate. She is strong, tough, but incredibly vulnerable. She has carried a huge burden her entire life, and always trying to keep her abilities from being found out, lived a very isolated life. Yet, she is smart and funny, and passionate and she yearns for so much more. She wants to feel like she deserves more. I could absolutely relate to her, in so many ways. Brandon and Kyle, the neighbors next door, were another brilliant spot. Brandon is an all around great guy, and pulls Kate into his life with open arms, and accepts her as his friend. Zack doesn't let her retreat into her shell, and is a huge factor of her finally opening her heart to new people, and great relationships. Their romance was sweet, and funny at times, and I loved watching them grow and progress. The girls she meets at school are another awesome light in this story. Finally, Andrew... He was just.... perfect! He fought for her, and I loved him for it. Oh, and I have to give a shout out to Lefty, the loyal but grumpy kitty!
A quick mention goes to Jonah. He is a character that we don't know much about. We see him a couple of chapters throughout the story, and we learn very little about him. I have a feeling, in the next book, Jonah and Kate will play a huge role, together. They are connected, and at the end, that connection becomes a little clearer.
Shari Arnold is a fantastic writer. She has this incredibly ability to draw you into a story, and make you fall in love with her characters. I had a blast with this book, and I was emotionally invested the whole way through. I cannot wait to see what the next book will be like! I would absolutely recommend this to anyone and everyone!
About the Author
Shari Arnold grew up in California and Utah but now resides in Connecticut, with her husband and two kids, where she finds it difficult to trust a beach without waves. She writes Young Adult fiction because it's her favorite. And occasionally she takes photographs.
Praise for the Author
This book had me rapt from page one and I, quite literally, did not put it down for four straight hours until I was finished reading it. - Emily Liebert, 5 Star Review
This. Book. Was. Awesome. Writing this review, reliving the book, makes me want to go back and read it again, like right now. - Grace, 5 Star Review
Suspense, action, superhero powers, romance, great family dynamics and fabulous, quote-worthy lines make this a surprising and thoroughly entertaining read. - Madison, 4 Star Review