Author: Lindsey Ouimet
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: March 31, 2017
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The author provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
After the death of her stepfather, Michaela Reilly’s family picks up and moves from the bustling city of Miami to a tiny speck of a town in the middle of nowhere Georgia. Starting over is always hard, but when you’re stuck with an emotionally wrecked mother who won’t even look at you and the responsibility of practically raising your younger brother and sister, it’s even more difficult.
Life in a small, rural town is a lot different from what she’s used to. Beaches are replaced with lazy, shaded rivers. Six lane highways with dirt roads. And Levi, the cute preacher’s son, with intentions as pure as his smile, takes the place of a string of shallow, meaningless hookups back home.
Some things remain the same no matter where you go, however. Like the way a cute boy can make things seem not so bad, or how when you fall in love You. Just. Know.
It’s too bad it’s not only the good things that are universal. Bad things can follow you, no matter how far away from them you run. Secrets always end up hurting people. A troubled past will come back to haunt you. Michaela has both.
Guys, this book is simply great. As a girl who moved to a small, rural town from a much larger, urban area when she was a teen, I totally appreciated so many elements in a way that only someone who has been in those shoes can. Michaela basically is going through culture shock at the beginning of this book, and I remember that feeling like it was yesterday, even though it’s been about 10 years.
Perdition offers everything: romance, drama, that “small town” feeling, you name it. Lindsey Ouimet really nailed what it feels like to try and navigate a small town when you’re the outsider. Not to mention the fact that she wrote one hell of an adorable romance. I was totally rooting for Michaela and her love interest to have a happy ending.
Perdition made me laugh, made me cry, and definitely made me think “oh god, same” about fourteen million different times. If you’re looking for a good summer read, look no further. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.