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Posted March 24, 2014
Zoe’s life is nothing like she thought it would be. Attending a small community college while nearly everyone else had headed off to college somewhere else, she spends the rest of her time worrying about and taking care of her mother, and avoiding her step-father, and trying to keep her head above water. Her only real escape is time spent with the few friends she has. Until she meets Jet.
Jet’s been dealt a pretty awful hand as well. Since his brother died, his mother spends her days drinking and taking her anger out on Jet. His father has all but checked out, leaving Jet to handle his mother alone and shoulder all the blame she heaps on him. Zoe, the girl who calls him out on his cheesy pick-up lines instead of falling for them, is nothing like the girls he’s known, and he can’t get her out of his mind.
Both in need of an escape from their less than perfect lives, Zoe and Jet strike up an unexpected friendship with the agreement that they will keep things somewhat casual. Of course, it all soon begins to hint at something much deeper.
I was really surprised by how quickly I got into the story. Of course I expected to like it — why else would I have picked it up? But I didn’t expect that within just a few pages, I’d be coming up with excuses to stay up even later than usual to finish it.
While both characters had some pretty depressing stories, and there were no miraculous solutions on the way, there was still an underlying theme of hope. Perhaps it was the way they were both so quickly intrigued with each other, but it felt like even though they were each going through their own personal hells, just having that new distraction of someone else to wonder about — and later someone else to turn to — let a little light in.
Escape in You is not a light read, though, by any means. Jet is mostly just wonderful, there for Zoe any time she needs him, but both characters are dealing with a hell of a lot more than anyone can reason their way through. While they do become each other’s escape, they are not immediately each other’s savior, and life gets much darker and more difficult for both of them before it gets any better. They make mistakes and handle things completely wrong at times, but there’s something wonderful in the way they move from enabling the escape and denial toward actually facing and confronting the darkness that would easily have pulled most people under. What I liked most about it was the messy ending, the way that yes, it is a happy one, but it’s not candy-coated and fluffy. It’s gritty and real and in line with the less than perfect pair who are perfect for each other.
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Posted October 23, 2013
Escape In You. Rachel Schurig.
Another mistake on my part selecting this one for review. The book is fine, it's a well written and decent plot – it's my fault selecting it as its just too YA for my tastes. I found myself impatient with the characters and their actions, didn't empathise with them. I got irritated at the plots – I know with teens everything is life or death drama, and both Jet and Zoe had a horrible home life, but the way this led onto plots where they made stupid decisions just didn't work for me.
There is some sex, nothing very OTT, and it fitted the actions and ages of the characters. I like some YA books, and thought this sounded one I'd enjoy but it wasn't. Thats not the fault of the book, just that it didn't suit my taste. Those closer in age to the protagonists will probably have a very different reaction to mine, and that good. We all have different tastes in literature.
ARC supplied via Netgalley
Stars: sorry just a two – but like I said that a personal view and not a reflection of book quality. What I didn't like could be just what you are looking for.