Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Book Review: 'Leftover Girl' by C.C. Bolick

Alabama author C.C. Bolick is an engineer whose passion is writing teen and young adult romantic thrillers with a heft dose of science fiction and supernatural fantasy. LEFTOVER GIRL is her literary debut and is the first installment in a series of novels that will follow the lines of this initial book.

CC takes on an issue that is rampant in the country – children and teenagers who have been abandoned by birth parent(s) for one reason or another, the displacement in the revolving foster home situations, adoption with all the aspects of that process and life style presented in story form – and to this series of navigational stumbles she has created a story that rings true and adds an additional flavor of science fiction to the pot.
In her opening chapter CC manages to offer the heart of our main character Jes - ‘I’d heard it all before. Every city had a good and bad side, even though the fear that brought us to Atlanta had not faded from my mind. Next would come the speech about how he’d find another job that better suited his skill set, he was thankful Mom worked all those extra hours at the Waffle House, and of course their kids were healthy. Lucky us, but he never said what he was really thinking. Someone had found out about me.’

But on to the strange but very satisfying story: ‘Her real parents abandoned her. Her adoptive parents force her to lie. If only she could tell the truth without having to move again. Jes Delaney can't remember anything before she was found at four, barefoot in the headlights of an old Ford. At fifteen, she has adjusted to moving without notice and never fitting in, but everything changes with her adoptive mom's hometown. There Jes falls for her mom's nephew, a love she hides when his betrayal leaves her isolated and driven to unravel the past. After Jes befriends a strange new student, she discovers an unbelievable secret: he's from another planet and searching for a missing girl that just might be her. As Jes will learn, truth comes at a cost, but will she give up love to find out?’

Great dialogue – both spoken and internal – makes this little book a rapid and enjoyable read. The manner in which CC Bolick brings this Book 1 to a close invites our attention to follow her line of thought in her future books. Grady Harp, December 16

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