From Amazon Bestselling and USA Today Recommended Author Casey Harvell: Disclaimer: This book is for mature audiences (18+) ONLY due to seriously excessive foul language and minor sex and violence.
Selene Warren has it rough. After her mom passes when she's little, she gets stuck with her aunt (a crack-whore.) Life with Selene's aunt lacks any type of love or support. Selene constantly struggles and when she turns fifteen her aunt is diagnosed with H.I.V. It soon becomes apparent that her aunt expects her to take over the family business and Selene runs for dear life.
She manages pretty well for a couple years. One day she saves a scruffy looking kid from a window. Before she knows it she adopts a stray of her own. Life seems a bit better until Selene gets stabbed trying to protect the kid.
Selene makes it, but discovers the kid is no normal runaway--he's the only son of a VERY rich and prominent family. A new friend comes forward to clear Selene of possible kidnapping charges, but for the life of her Selene can't figure out why the hell a rich kid would rather live on the streets than on a ritzy estate.
Alex wants to break down the walls around Selene so badly. Selene's life leaves her with no room to trust anyone. For as long as she can remember she's had to rely on herself. Will Selene be able to escape her degenerate world? Because she doesn't play well with others.
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Takes no prisoners. I missed the disclaimer about excessive language, sex and violence, because a friend told me I had to read this, so I just bought it. And I’m glad I did. This book hits hard from the short prologue. And by the time I finished those two paragraphs, I already knew the main character and was rooting for her. It didn’t take many more pages before I cared about her. Doesn't Play Well With Others by Casey Harvell takes no prisoners because it feels real and doesn’t hold anything back. Selene is one of those great characters that even when you don’t like her, you like her. She’s complex so all that toughness hides something vulnerable. This is an amazing story, you can feels the streets, the desperation, and sense the fear to trust and the need to do it just the same. Very impressive work. By the way, the language, sex, etc. are a necessary part of the story, making it authentic and powerful. Highly recommended, five stars.
This book was provided by the author to Nerd Girl Official for an honest review. Wow! This left me speechless. First, I must say that I just love the dedication. <3 Second, this really pulled at my heart strings. Third, I could not put this down. Selene has led a very rough life and life continues to keep her ducking and weaving. Selene is 17 and is homeless. She is roughing it on the street and she happens upon a 10 year old Henry who is homeless as well. She feels a strange pull to him and needs to protect him. Little does she know that Henry is going to change her world. Something awful happens and they are caught. She is placed in foster care and has a hard time adjusting. She is feisty, independent, and quite the badass due to the hand life has dealt her. She also learns that others need her help as well as she needs theirs. The synopsis is very gritty and so is the story. It will pull you through all of Selene’s emotions and she is very easy to connect with. The story starts off with a bang and ends the same way, it doesn’t stop. “Because sometimes life just sucks.” “Anyone who uses the word **** in our first conversation is probably my type of person.” “I see you for who you are, imperfectly perfect, flawed to perfection.” “You don’t have to be tough all the time. You’re allowed to be scared.” It really shows how someone who is put in the worst of situations can still come out on top. “The perfect life is within my reach…I only have to slay a monster to grasp hold of it.” This is definitely for mature readers as there is strong language, sex, and violence. But the story…the story is amazing! Note: Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official.