The closest he will ever come to happiness is when he's hurting her. Will she let him? A beautiful and twisted story of first love and innocence lost written when the author was just eighteen.
Sphinxie and Cadence. Promised to each other in childhood. Drawn together again as teens. Sphinxie is sweet, compassionate, and plain. Cadence is brilliant, charismatic. Damaged. And diseased. When they were kids, he scarred her with a knife. Now, as his illness progresses, he becomes increasingly demanding. She wants to be loyal but fears for her life. Only the ultimate sacrifice will give this love an ending.
About the Author
M. Anjelais was eighteen years old when her novel was shortlisted for the LONDON TIMES Children's Fiction Competition. Now twenty, she has postponed college to pursue her career as a writer. She lives at home in Nesco, New Jersey. Follow her on Twitter @Anjelais.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It was written in a way that makes it so you can't put this book down, which is excellent. It's been a while since I've read a book so fast and actually enjoyed reading it. However, that's the end of the good points to this book. The plot begins in the most ridiculous way imaginable. These women created a "plan" to be best friends, grow up, get married, have children, have their children be friends, then have them get married, and have kids of their own. To top it all off, they have the most ridiculous names. I am still not over "Sphinxie." A cool concept could have come from a very loose version of this, but it all seems too weird and impossible to take seriously. They were seven when they thought all this up. In what universe does a seven year old's plans come true? Also, how many actually remember their plans? Also, how often are they actually good and reasonable plans? I'm pretty sure the answer to all of these questions is "never" or "almost never." The men in this story, the fathers, should not have existed at all. We never really meet the boy's father, but the girl's? He's there to be the cardboard cutout "concerned dad" voice. He has no weight or value on the story, and he is entirely useless. He shouldn't have been included at all in my opinion. It just bogs down this story even more. Now, let me get to the meat of this story. I have never really been one to censor or keep books away from teenagers, but I doubt I would put this book in the hands of teens. The main character in this book, Sphinx, has the most intense case of "Stockholm Syndrome" I've ever seen. It truly makes Twilight look healthy. She devotes her entire existence to this boy that has done nothing but hurt, terrify, and ruin her through her whole life, but she loves him and feels like she owes him her affections. It's unhealthy, it's unnatural, and it really isn't something that teen girls should be reading for the fact that she seems completely oblivious. It makes me wonder if the author is aware of how unhealthy this relationship is or if she believes this is what love is as well. It's not! Also, the main boy in this story is portrayed more as a psychopath rather than a sociopath, but that's all I really have about that. It's just inaccurate and slightly annoying to read. Overall, this book wasn't worth the read, and in the end, it was more infuriating than enjoyable. The author, as advertised everywhere I've seen this book, was 18 when she wrote this, and her young age shows through in her writing.
This is my absolute favorite book! Definetely worth it!!!