Black Box

Black Box

by Cassia Leo


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Three fateful encounters.
Two heart-breaking tragedies.
One last chance to get it right.

From New York Times best selling author Cassia Leo, comes an epic love story about rewriting destiny.

Over the course of five years, Mikki and Crush cross paths on three separate occasions. Their first encounter changes Mikki's life forever, but their second meeting leaves them both buried beneath the emotional wreckage of a violent attack. Mikki is left with more questions and grief than she can handle, while Crush is forced to forget the girl who saved his life.

Now nineteen years old, Mikki Gladstone has decided she's tired of the mind-numbing meds. She books a flight to Los Angeles to end her life far away from her loving, though often distant, family.

Twenty-one-year-old Crush has always channeled his blackest thoughts into his music, but he's never had great aspirations. He decides to fly to Los Angeles to record a demo of the only song he's never performed in public; a song he wrote for a girl he doesn't even know: Black Box. He has no expectations of fame and he's never felt like his life had any purpose... until he meets Mikki in Terminal B.

When Mikki and Crush cross paths for the third time in Terminal B, neither has any idea who the other person is; until they slowly piece together their history and realize that fate has more in store for them than just another love story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493768820
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/28/2014
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

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Black Box 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow is all I can say! This is a great book. It has a lot of emotional content. It had me in every kind of emotion there is. I laughed, cried, loved, hated and wanted more. This a deep book of love and true mental issues. I wasn't sure that I wanted to read it but I am so glad I did. Cassia did it again. Love all her books so far.
Wendylu4 More than 1 year ago
Hands down one of the best books I have ever read. This book takes you on a roller coaster of emotions. It is about a boy and a girl who have their first chance encounter on Twitter. He ends up saving her life while he is dealing with his own guilt over a tragedy. A year later they have a second encounter where he again saves her life but she unknowingly saves his as well. Another 3 years later they meet by chance again and he is once again saving her life. The story covers the tragedies they have suffered and how together their love can help them move forward. I love the epilogue that was just added as well. Definitely worth 5 stars.
Coyote14223 More than 1 year ago
This was my first time reading a novel by this author. My sister recommended it to me after she read it. . I read it in one night! I love that it's a novel and not a series! I love the style of writing, the pace, the characters, etc.. This book has you in such an emotional rolleroaster. It may have be a little harder for some, only because of life. I'm going right now to purchase all of the rest of her books!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing story that you just crawl into, characters that come to want to cry and laugh with them! Just loved this! Seriously good by CherishD
kmdshaw More than 1 year ago
A very compelling story that will tear out your heart but show you that love can connect even the most tenuous of hearts. It's powerful, sad and very moving.
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
♥¿ Three fateful encounters.... ♥¿ Two heart-breaking tragedies.... ♥¿ One last chance to get it right. Holy emotional overload. What a story! So many insightful themes running through this story that you need to take time to fully incorporate them. The writing is gripping and raw. The interweaving of the characters POVs just make it that much more powerful. Cassia Leo has a gift of story telling and making your heart feel every word and emotion. I loved how she wove her themes together seamlessly. The use of the Black Box is magic. “This black box is yours to keep, to stash your troubles away. Just lock it up and call my name and I'll be there always.” “There's a little blackness Inside all of us.” “Fear is crippling. Fear of the future can convince us that there is no way out and nothing is ever going to get better. Fear is blinding; it can make us miss the warning signs flashing right in front of our eyes. It can also make you miss those brilliant flashes of color, when the world isn’t so gray. But, if you think about it, being afraid isn’t such a bad thing. Because fear is a reminder that you still have something to lose. Something worth holding onto.” Everyone will take something special from this book. It will touch your heart. It is dark, emotional, sad but in the end it is a story of hope and the power of love. “I love you with all my circuits.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know where to start! This book was fantastic!! It gripped you from the very beginning. My heart bled for both Crush and Mikki. When you wrote of what happened to Mikki and how Fate put Crush there to save her I was crying so bad I hurt. Then to find out what happened to Crush was equally heartening. The discovery of who they were to each other and the eventual coming together only to be torn apart again by the plan crash again had my heart in my mouth and I was gasping and turning the pages. Well done Cassia Leo, well done! I highly recommend everyone to read this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written
MizzEvil More than 1 year ago
It's raw; it's perfect. If you are in need of an emotional book with a realistic story line then this one is for you. No sugar coating. You will feel sadness. You will cry. You will wonder why??? I need to tell you how I ended up choosing this book.... I don't usually judge a book by it's cover...but when I saw this cover floating on goodreads, I went on Amazon, pre-ordered the paperback & then waited to get the e-book. I did not read the synopsis of the book. The cover was enough to grab my attention. I needed to know what the couple, the black box & the plane had in common. I thought I had it figured out but I was in for a surprise. Nikki & Crush save each others lives but they don't know about it until years later. They both go through a very difficult time in their lives. There will be sadness, depression, suicide thoughts, crying. There will be the issue of trusting; letting one in. You will feel sadness but you will feel hope. Then something happens. Your heart will stop beating....then it will start....then it will???? Just read & find out for yourself. Does this book have a happy ending?  I can't spoil it for you.  My favorite quotes from this book: "Someone wise once told me that al all books have happy endings, but that doesn't mean they're not worth the read."  "There's a little blackness inside all of us."  "You make me feel normal."  "I feel like I've known you all my life. I don't want that feeling to go away. I want to know you all my life."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time getting into this book. I read it though but it felt drawn out. Note: the whole book takes place over a six day period with flashbacks for background info. I understand the depth of the topic but I wish it had been more to do with the future of the couple. Overall okay read.
beau2fullybrkn1 More than 1 year ago
“Do not be afraid; our fate cannot be taken from us; it’s a gift.” Have you read a book that's starts off as a slow burn, that leads to spark, and then it all out consumes you? This was Black Box for me.  From the teasers and the prologue I knew I was in for an intense ride. It did not disappoint. This was a very unique story about fate and two very broken people.  Don’t Worry, son, not all stories have happy endings; but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth the read.  Mikki is beautifully broken girl. She’s 19, bipolar, and determined to die. She survived a terrible incident 4 years ago and since then the random thoughts, sporadic behavior, and reliving the dark things that happened to her, have all become too much, and she’s ready to end it all. So she comes up with a plan to head to LA and end her life. Fate intervenes as her flight is canceled and she’s stuck in Boston where she runs into Crush.  “This Black Box is yours to keep, to stash your troubles away. Just lock it up and call my name and I’ll be there always.”  Crush, is 21 and a handsome, talented musician. He’s’ finally headed to L.A to peruse his music career. He grew up with a privileged upbringing but he wants to so much more than the easy life. Even though Crush seems so strong and put together, he’s hurting too. There are secrets from his past that haunt him.  They seem familiar to each other but neither knows why and over the next 5 days, they learn so much about each other. As past and present are told, you see the pieces start to fall into place and learn what brought them together.  There was so much pain, guilt, and loss throughout this book. It was so intense that I had to put my book my book down and just cry for them both. The story consumed me, I felt all their emotions, and desperately wanted for them both to be able to get past their demons. I was scared to see what would happen next but I kept turning the pages. It’s such uniquely amazing story. Cassia truly outdid herself.  Definite 5 stars.  “Maybe that’s the way life is. We spend our lives going back and forth between courage and fear, afraid, of something bad happening. Afraid of falling. Afraid of dying. But what if death comes so fast it’s over before you even know what’s happening.”   “I hate that you saved me But, most of all, I hate that you love me because now I love you and I don’t know who to make it stop.” “Sometimes, you just have to reassure the ones you love in precise language that you’ll always be there. Sometimes words are enough”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I only hope we get another book to see how there relationship plays out. The ending leaves you wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading this is very hard at times but yet you can't stop. It touches on two minds that have given up on life but come together to save one another. I know how it if to lose someone to suicide. My mother! So reading this book is hard yet comforting. It is a book that any person with their own dark thoughts should read. And, hopefully, have the same ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an amazing love story! Read it you wont regret it:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very emotional story! I had a hard time putting this book down! Cassia Leo did an amazing job with telling this story & I highly recommend it!
HappinessFaerie More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. I had what I can only describe as an "emotional hangover" for about a week after reading it. I read a lot - I'll average about a book a day for months at a time and then take a break for a little while. This has become one of my top three favorite books that I've ever read. The story is incredibly well crafted, researched, structured, and presented. The characters are wholly developed and seem almost tangible. The emotions of the characters are so well portrayed that I felt as though I was feeling everything they went through. During some parts of the book, I literally had tears pouring, unabated, down my face. In other parts, I actually laughed out loud. I ended the book smiling through tears. This is an amazing and hauntingly beautiful book and I genuinely feel that everyone should read it.
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Lifewriter More than 1 year ago
First off I want to say that I am rating this book 5 stars for the story and the voice. It is a great story of hope, love, and redemption. I found myself devouring this book and staying up way later than I intended to ***Spoilers*** The book does get a little confusing, it takes a very long time to explain what happened with Jordan and it still fully was not explained. There are many scenes were Mikki's chest is referenced, especially after the one shower scene where Crush breaks down the door, but we are never really told what happened to her chest (did she cut herself, are there still bruises from her attack?). There are a few continuity errors, (example) Crush changes his name when he is 18 but in another scene he is a freshman in high-school with the name. The story is in both character's POV, but the author does slip into both POV's in a few chapters without warning. There are a few sentences that don't make sense (but stick with the book) and there are some typographical errors.  She needs a better beta and editing team. With all that being said I still rate this book with 5 stars, because as a writer myself I appreciate the craft and respect the work and the story was phenomenal. I would like to see a sequel, and I really hope this book does well enough to prompt a sequel or even series.  I am not sure what genre this book is, but I would not say it is YA at all, and be careful if you are under the age of 18 reading this. There are a lot of trigger moments in this book and sensitive topics, so if you are struggling with this issues and topics, first: know there is hope, second: be careful reading this book. The book teaches hope, but make sure you are in the right place to receive its message. Black Box is the first book I have ever read giving a 5 star rating with all the editorial and continuity mistakes there are (usually I would have just finished the book and not reviewed or not finished at all), the story is just that good, you will not be disappointed.  Also she used the blonde/blond rule correctly so that made me happy. The story is worth 5 stars, the editorial maybe a 2.5-3, but you read a book for the story not a grammar lesson. So read Black Box and love the characters.
MaryJoMI More than 1 year ago
Cassia Leo delivers again. She never fails to take me on an amazing emotional journey with her stories. Mikki pulled at my heart strings. She is bi-polar which is challenging enough to function, searching for balance to cope with daily life then the unthinkable happens, an event that would shatter the best of us and made my skin crawl. Trying to recover from this is crushing her and she doesn’t know how to cope. As she embarks on her plan to end it all she crosses paths with Crush, a sweet, sexy and somewhat tormented music aficionado. When Mikki sees him she feels like she knows him. As their flight gets cancelled, a unique connection is formed as they decide to head to a hotel together. Crush is drawn to Mikki when he sees her at the airport, he realizes later he does know her, their paths have crossed 2 other times. Crush too is battling his demons and Mikki has helped him in the past. The connection these two souls form is heartfelt and wonderful. As the story unfolded I found myself immersed in the journey that Mikki and Crush need to take and loved every heart pounding moment!
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JillD82 More than 1 year ago
This was an emotional book and at times was hard to read because you knew what was going to be said and/or happen but worth it. Its a great story about 2 people who have been through so much separately but together at the same time and come out with a win; well worth the money and the read
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4 - Fate can save you and it can kill you. Stars! I won't lie and tell you that Black Box is a fairytale, there are no rainbows, elves or mythical creatures. This is the type of book that you start and after a few pages think you are on the direct line to 'Bummed-Outsville', but you (and I for that matter) would be wrong. Yes this is a book that deals with pretty heavy subject matter, and there are points where you think my god could this get any worse, however it is all dealt with in a very respectful way, and the issues contained aren't glamorised, but in the same extent nothing is underplayed either. "I don't want you to get your hopes up. I'm still me and my life is still my life. And it still sucks and everything still sucks. Just because you're beautiful and you're here when I need you doesn't change anything. I'm still me!" But the main thing I pulled from the story is hope, and that no matter how irretrievably damaged we believe we are, or how near the end we believe we may be, there is always something or someone out there who can empathise and maybe even ease the pain a little. Crush and Mikki's meeting in an airport and subsequent adventures together are interspersed with flashbacks of their pasts, pasts that are interconnected, without either of them initially realising it. Both of them are nursing some pretty serious demons, and both of them are trying to find a way to move on... Moving on for one of them is the end, while for the other is looking for a new beginning... ♥ Three fateful encounters.... ♥ Two heart-breaking tragedies.... ♥ One last chance to get it right. A consequence of losing someone close to you is that you lose a piece of yourself. And you never really know when it's safe to give away another piece. Black Box is an emotional book, just when you think that the Winter of the story has passed and Summer is on the horizon Cassia Leo, hits you right in the emotional nut-sack again. I spent the last 20% of the book trying to hold myself together long enough to finish it. It was worth the tears, and it was worth the slightly uncomfortable feeling I got at points whilst reading, because at the end I really did feel like I had taken the journey with Mikki and Crush, and that I, and them had come out of it at the end all the better for it! ARC generously supplied via Netgalley, and it was my pleasure to provide the above honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful love story . . . it took my breath away.