Review : Scratch – Rhonda Helms

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The most painful scars are the ones you never see.

In her DJ booth at a Cleveland dance club, Casey feels a sense of connection that’s the closest she ever gets to normal. On her college campus, she’s reserved, practical-all too aware of the disaster that can result when you trust the wrong person. But inexplicably, Daniel refuses to pay attention to the walls she’s put up. Like Casey, he’s a senior. In every other way, he’s her opposite.

Sexy, open, effortlessly charming, Daniel is willing to take chances and show his feelings. For some reason Casey can’t fathom, he’s intent on drawing her out of her bubble and back into a world that’s messy and unpredictable. He doesn’t know about the deep scars that pucker her stomach – or the deeper secret behind them. Since the violent night when everything changed, Casey has never let anyone get close enough to hurt her again. Now, she might be tempted to try.

My review:

ARC from Netgalley for an honest review.

Wonderful,amazing,surprising,moving,emotional,gut wrenching story about Casey, a DJ. She’s a senior.

I was sold since the cover and wanna scratch this story about this girl finding her solace in music and not getting involved with people. Her grandparents raised her after a tragic loss of all her family. She lives in her own bubble, where she knows where her boundaries are and where anticipation is not welcomed. She tried to be invisible even if she worked in in a club. She needs to feel safe.

She had her routine : go to class, studying, having dinner with her grandma and grandpa, deejaying.
One day, when Working at the club, she met Daniel, a guy from her philosophical class who noticed her but she’s too focus being invisible that she wasn’t aware that she attracted him. He offered her a drink.

It was the beginning of their relationship, they spent a lot of times together and their feelings getting stronger everyday but she can’t let her past go and kind of tear them apart.
Daniel seemed to be the opposite of Casey: always smiling, sociable and friendly person. I like how he put Casey at ease, making her confortable, always caring for her.
He suspects something but when he discovers her past , he understood her more and tries to help her but not in a good way. He can’t stand watching her suffer.
Casey is so wrecked emotionally that she can’t opened up. It was so hard to read!It broke my heart!

This story is so fully charged of emotions and even we can’t put in Casey’s shoes we can totally experience all of it. This is a beautiful lesson of love but especially grieving and forgiving after such a trauma event, learn to live again surrounded by the people you love.
I recommend it and i definitely buying this book in paperback,it deserves its place in my collection! One of my favorites read of this year!Can’t wait for all the upcoming books by this author!

More about Rhonda Helms : http://www.rhondahelmsbooks.com/

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